With its collective eye on the (not so distant) horizon, Porsche is examining new possibilities for its all-electric future. The most recent of which is the Cayman e-volution. Officially, and somewhat disappointingly we admit, this is just a research vehicle, but it’s a tantalising glimpse at one of the ‘maybes’ of our motoring tomorrow.
Porsche has just sponsored the 30th International Electric Vehicle Symposium in Stuttgart, and took the opportunity to showcase this vision of emission-free motoring at its heart. The e-volution has a 200km range and will hit 62mph in just 3.3 seconds – faster than the Cayman GT4.
What about charging the thing up every 200km? The men in white coats have been onto that as well, simultaneously unveiling ‘Porsche Turbo Charging’, an accumulator-based fast charging system capable of achieving a charging capacity of up to 320 kW per vehicle.
The system is a joint venture between Porsche Engineering and German battery gurus ADS-TEC and its USP is providing proper charging capacity in areas where power distribution is often limited, something that will become a bigger problem as the growth of electric cars puts more strain on national grids.
It’s all part of a jigsaw which is coming together rather nicely, not least with the Mission E. Due to enter production in 2019, Porsche’s first all-electric car will have a range of over 500 kilometres and be able to charge its batteries to 80 per cent within just 15 minutes.
We love a bit of internal combustion, but this is all starting to sound quite exciting.