Porsche’s batteries are too heavy for the 718
The electric versions of the Porsche 718 series, Cayman and Boxster, have still not been given the green light for production, according to Michael Steiner, Executive Vice President for Development. The Stuttgart-based sports car manufacturer is therefore continuing to postpone the decision.
Steiner told Carmagazine in the UK that Porsche is currently “running several electrified Boxsters to gain expertise and knowledge to see how an electric car performs as a two-door. But there is no final decision yet.” Apparently the batteries are currently still too heavy and Porsche is waiting for the next advances in development. However, the development of the electric sports cars is being actively pursued.
In September 2019, it was said that Porsche wants to make a final decision within twelve months as to whether the next generation of the 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman will have a pure electric drive. According to an earlier report, the prototypes mentioned by Steiner have already been in test trials for several months. Should Porsche decide on a purely electric 718 series, it should be on the market in 2022. According to Porsche boss Oliver Blume, elements of the PPE architecture could be used.
Porsche has already decided to produce the next generation of the Macan as a fully electric model series in Leipzig from the beginning of this decade – in this model series, the additional weight plays a lesser role, according to Steiner. The compact SUV will be based on the PPE (Premium Platform Electric) architecture developed together with Audi and, like the Taycan, will feature 800-volt technology.
With reporting by Cora Werwitzke, France.