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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.

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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