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Report: Porsche Plans EV, Fuel-Cell Model for 2017 or 2018

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 5/5/2015 Megan Stewart

As the Tesla Model S gains popularity, Tesla Model S" target="_blank">top luxury automakers are scrambling to come out with products to actively compete against it. The latest offering will come from Porsche, which will reportedly build not only an electric luxury sedan, but also a hydrogen fuel-cell variant.

Report: Porsche Plans EV, Fuel-Cell Model for 2017 or 2018 2014 Porsche Panamera Turbo S Executive Front© Provided by MotorTrend 2014 Porsche Panamera Turbo S Executive Front

In terms of looks, the Porsche Panamera Turbo S gives clues about what the new models will look like, according to Autocar. Both the battery electric and fuel cell will be built on a new structure, adapted from the upcoming MSB platform that will underpin new Bentley models along with the Porsche Panamera and upcoming Pajun. This goes off Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Porsche Plan to Shock Tesla" target="_blank">what we heard late last year from our colleagues at AUTOMOBILE, who also hinted that the new model would be a sporty four-seat, four-door model and have "clear 911 overtones."

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To produce the new car, the automaker will save money by modifying an existing platform, giving it an edge over the competition like the Toyota Mirai that sits on a bespoke platform. Porsche has even designed a new structural rear-mounting system for the electric drive motors. This helps to not only stiffen the rear end, but also improve overall rigidity. Added to that, the engineers have also put in an impact plate that will fit between the battery cells, adding to safety and improving side impact performance.

While there will be significant updates to the drivetrain and lower structure of the EV and hydrogen fuel-cell models, the interior and exterior will most likely mirror the Pajun. A distinctive front and rear fascia, along with the instrument cluster, may be unique to the upcoming model.

We can expect the new model to launch around late 2017 or early 2018, with a power output of at least 425 hp. Considering the Tesla Model S offers a 265 mile EV range, Porsche will at least match that number.

Source: Autocar

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