Porsche Reveals Boxster E Specifications
By Carl Malek
Following the Boxster E program’s formal debut earlier this year, Porsche has revealed the official specifications of the three Boxster E prototype electric vehicles that are part of this advanced research program. The first two Boxster E prototypes are rear-wheel-drive and are powered by a single electric motor which produces 121 horsepower and 199 lb-ft of torque. As one may expect, the performance of these two prototypes is not exactly what one may call exciting, with a rather leisurely 0 to 60 time of 9.8 seconds, and an equally modest top speed of 124 miles per hour.
The third prototype involved in the program is equipped with all-wheel drive, and unlike its rear-wheel drive siblings its performance numbers are a bit more exciting. Powered by two electric motors that provide a combined output of 241 horsepower and 399 lb ft of torque, they help propel the 3,528 pound all-wheel drive Boxster prototype to a brisk 5.5 second 0 to 60 second time, and achieve an electronically limited top speed of 124 miles per hour. Porsche also claims that this particular prototype’s driving dynamics and behavior are nearly equal to that of a petrol-powered Boxster S model. Despite these seemingly atypical performance numbers (especially when compared to more conventional Porsche products), it is important to remember that all three Boxster E prototypes were designed to achieve maximum efficiency and range versus maximum velocities and trips to the winners circle.
However, all three prototypes are powered by the same 29 kwh lithium-iron-phosphate battery, which allows the cars to travel up to 107 miles on a single charge. When the battery is fully depleted, it can be recharged back to full power in just under 9 hours. In addition to all this equipment, the prototypes are also equipped with an electric air conditioner, an active sound system that provides drivers with acoustic feedback, and specially designed ceramic composite regenerative brakes that help to recharge the battery when the vehicle is coming to a stop.
The Porsche Boxster E is a promising project for Porsche, and while the company has remained silent on whether the Boxster E has any chance of someday entering production, it is a safe bet that the lessons learned from this research project will slowly make their way to other Porsche products in due time.