Ruf has joined the electric vehicle revolution. The German Porsche modifier recently came out with its own fully-electric, plug-in 911. The working prototype unveiled last week utilizes a 3-phase motor, in place of the original 3.6 L Flat 6 engine, that allows it to go from 0 - 60 mph in less than 7 seconds. Not too bad, considering the additional 641 kg that this same powerplant, and its lithium-ion batteries, add to the EV’s weight compared to a gasoline-powered Carrera S.

Ruf’s design proves that going all-electric does not take the fun out of the Porsche 911 as it can churn out 455 lb-ft of torque and manage a respectable top speed of 160 mph. An ordinary wall outlet is used to top up the its batteries and a full charge allows the vehicle to be driven for a maximum range of up to 200 miles.

Ruf maintains the rear-wheel drive layout with the electric motor and most of the battery packs positioned over the car’s rear axle. No pricing info yet probably because the eRUF is still in the developmental stage and, with forthcoming innovations, especially in battery technology, people can expect a better (much quicker) version very soon.


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