Electric Porsche Boxster Concept May Be Around The Corner
Executive Board Member for Development at Porsche, Michael Steiner, said that a Boxster EV concept may be on the horizon for the company. Following the Macan EV news, Porsche seems eager to reveal more of its electric endeavors for the future.
Porsche has talked about electrifying the Boxster previously and has built prototypes to test the concept of an electric sports car, but it isn’t until now that full-scale development of a Boxster EV has been confirmed by Steiner.
The new concept, unlike the Macan EV, will likely not be put on Volkswagen’s PPE electric platform that will be used for future Audi and Porsche products. Instead, the Boxster will sit on an unreleased platform that Porsche will develop for its future electric sports cars.
The Boxster EV Has Been Too Heavy In Recent Attempts
According to Car And Driver, Porsche displayed two electric Boxster prototypes in 2011, one with a single-motor rear-wheel-drive configuration, and one with a dual-motor all-wheel-drive configuration.
However, as Steiner has pointed out, those prototypes were much too heavy to continue development with that particular platform, as is the problem with many electrically powered vehicles. The technology is relatively new on this large of a scale, meaning that manufacturers haven’t had over a century to lighten up automobiles as they had with gas-powered cars.
Porsche also had a current-gen Boxster EV prototype at its headquarters in 2019, according to Autocar. What we’ve learned so far about this current-gen prototype is that it and other future Porsche EV sports cars will sit on a completely new platform, and it will likely be much lighter than PPE.
Cutting weight off the bare bones of the Boxster EV will do wonders for handling, but where they will likely encounter difficulty is in maintaining range capabilities and charging speeds after shedding the extra tech.
Future Performance of The Cayman
If the Boxster EV makes it to production in the near future, a version of Porsche’s current battery packs will likely end inside of it. They may offer two battery sizes, much like they intend to do with the Macan EV.
Currently, the most powerful Boxster, the 718 Spyder, makes 414 horsepower. Compare that to the least powerful Taycan, the 4S, which makes an equivalent 562 horsepower with overboost engaged. If a future Boxster EV uses these batteries, we could possibly see the quickest production Boxster ever built.
Max Larsen is the Porsche reporter at Torque News. Since he was 15 years old Max was building old cars and selling them for profit, spawning his love for cars. He has been around Porsches his entire life. His grandfather had several 911s and he’s owned two Porsche 944s, which made the auto-shop class cars a lot simpler. Reading old car magazines and seeing press cars at shows gave him the passion to write and pursue the industry. He is currently studying Journalism at Western Washington University. Follow Max on Torque News Porsche and on Twitter at @maxlarsencars. Search Torque News Porsche for daily Porsche news coverage by our expert automotive reporters.