Potential Electrifying News for the 2022 Porsche 718 Boxster & Cayman Models
It seems like Porsche has caught the electric bug, and it’s sticking. Electric vehicles have become the way of the future. New developments in clean energy technology have taken the auto industry by storm, and the luxury car manufacturer is investing heavily in the latest trends. And we mean this in a literal sense: according to an announcement by Porsche earlier this year, the automaker will spend close to $6.7 billion in electric mobility by 2022 and by 2025, about half of all Porsche’s new cars will possess an electric drive system.
You may be thinking that of all car manufacturers, Porsche’s powerhouse auto collection is a hero-shrine to the internal combustion engine, but CEO Oliver Blume seems to have a different idea, even for the 718 Boxster and Cayman models. As reported by Autocar, Blume has explained that Porsche already built an all-electric 718 prototype and has a hybrid prototype in the works.
This is exciting news for the auto industry, especially for sports car enthusiasts in Amsterdam who are on the precipice of a decade of gas- and diesel-fueled vehicle restrictions. But what are some of the drawbacks to a deep dive into all-electric Porsche cars?
Perhaps a Happy Medium
One of the many issues that potential buyers of electric cars live with is range anxiety. According to an internal Porsche engineering study, the limitations of the current mid-engine platform for 718 EVs would put the cars’ range at around 186 miles, a fact that worries many people who do not want to recharge their vehicles continually. And this is a concern that Porsche does not take lightly.
Even when the German manufacturer plans to spend billions on electric car technology, it is not falling down the rabbit hole too soon. In the hopes of not alienating buyers and markets, Detlev von Platen, a Porsche board member explained at the manufacturer’s annual conference that moving to electric cars needs to be a “very safe bet.” He goes on to explain that offering traditional and electric models side-by-side can act as a type of insurance policy, keeping all markets happy even if it is an additional cost for Porsche initially.
As a manifestation of that theory, Autocar’s report explains that, instead of going 100 percent electric, Porsche might transfer an electric Boxster and Cayman duo to their PPE platform for electric car development, while traditional and electrified variants will still be sold on the old platform. This way, new electric advancements can continue to be made on the PPE platform before 2022 so that those with range anxiety may not have to worry as much as time progresses, and buyers unwilling to jump to electric can still drive traditional variants.
Where We Are Now
Nothing is guaranteed at the moment, but the move from gas to electric in the auto industry is catching on very quickly, and even the sports car manufacturers are taking it seriously. Porsche is clearly taking a cautious approach by offering traditional models alongside the newly-developed electric ones, but that does not take away the shocking thought that 718 Boxsters and Caymans could be fully electrified in just over two years!
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