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Will Porsche Build An EV Sedan? New Report Says Maybe Not

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 12/28/2014 Kelly Pleskot

Just a couple weeks ago, we heard reports that Porsche would build an all-electric four-door model to directly compete against the Tesla Model S. The new offering, which would complement the plug-in hybrid Panamera, was slated to receive as much as 600 hp. Now, a new report says Porsche has denied building such a model.

“A Tesla is a fine car, but you cannot drive it enthusiastically without losing range or performance too quickly," Porsche R&D boss Wolfgang Hatz told Autocar. "Until the technology offers a solution to those problems, we will not be looking at launching such a car.” For now, Hatz says, Porsche is focusing on its plug-in hybrid technology.

Will Porsche Build An EV Sedan? New Report Says Maybe Not

The earlier report from AUTOMOBILE was pretty specific on what we could expect from Porsche in the coming years. It said that a sporty four-door EV from Porsche would slot between the luxury-focused Panamera and exotic 918 Spyder. Posssibly to be named the 717, the model would include 100 small batteries lodged into pockets of the car. Three different power levels -- from 400, 500, and 600 hp -- were reported to be under consideration. Its tentative arrival date was scheduled for early 2019.

2013 Porsche Panamera S Hybrid© Provided by MotorTrend 2013 Porsche Panamera S Hybrid

While it is unclear if the all-electric sedan will come to fruition anytime soon, Porsche is apparently putting a lot of effort into EV technology. The automaker has been testing out electric Boxsters since 2011 in tandem with the German government. In the meantime, a next-generation Panamera is arriving in 2016 and will be available with new body styles and in a smaller version.

Does Porsche need an all-electric sedan to compete with the Tesla Model S? Give us your take in the comments below.

Source: Autocar

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