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When the Porsche Boxster E prototypes were announced back in February, we didn’t think we would hear too much about them for awhile. Prototypes can undergo testing for a long time before the vehicles actually make their first appearance, but Porsche proved that it is yet again ahead in the game by introducing the electric sports car at the Michelin Challenge Bibendum in Berlin. Everyone who attended the event had the opportunity to ride around in the vehicle and it seems that the electric Boxster illustrated that Porsche is fully capable of creating an electric sports car that can still drive like a Porsche. We’re certainly intrigued.

The Boxster E is powered by two independent electric motors - one on the front axle and one on the rear - that develop a total power output of 241 HP and a maximum total torque of 398 lbs-ft at a maximum engine speed of approximately 12,000 rpm. With this amount of power, the car will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds and can hit a top speed of 124 mph, all while producing zero tailpipe emissions.

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Exterior and Interior

2013 Porsche Boxster E High Resolution Exterior
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The new Porsche Boxster E will be immediately recognized as the mid-engine sports car because not much of the exterior was changed at all. The real work was out in under the hood with the electric motor, battery, and high-voltage technology. These new components, together with the low drag, reduce the driving resistance for optimal range.


2013 Porsche Boxster E High Resolution Drivetrain
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In their quest to create the perfect electric Boxster, Porsche actually developed three Boxster E prototypes. The top version is powered bu two electric motors; one on the front axle and one on the rear axle. These two motors develop a total of 241 HP and a peak torque of 398 lbs-ft at a maximum engine speed of approximately 12,000 rpm. With this amount of power, the car will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds and can hit a top speed of 124 mph. In addition to a good amount of power on tap for the driver, the high power output of the two motors also means more recovered power is available because more energy can be recovered during braking. This increases the efficiency of the drive unit.

The all wheel drive offered for the Boxster E is successful without mechanical transmission of power. The lack of mechanical transmission is substituted with a central electric control unit that looks after the synchronisation of the two electric motors and controls the drive torque distribution to the front and rear axle. This ensures maximum driving stability and traction.

The second and third prototypes produced by Porsche only have one electric motor driving the rear wheels and produce a total output of 120 HP and a rated torque of 199 lbs-ft. These models can sprint from a standing start to 60 mph in 9.8 seconds, with a top speed of 93 mph. The motors take their power from lithium-iron-phosphate based traction battery fitted in place of the combustion engine.


We may have seen more prototype action earlier than we had anticipated, but that doesn’t mean that production will be done just as quickly so any set pricing is definitely out of the question. If these prototypes succeed in making it to the line - and we imagine they would considering everyone will go electric at some point - they may get there with a few more changes to fully capture the Porsche vibe. We don’t expect this will happen for two or three years.


2013 Porsche Boxster E High Resolution Exterior
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Any production Porsche Boxster E vehicles produced will be built to tackle on competitors like the Tesla Roadster. The Tesla is powered by an electric motor that delivers a total of 248 HP and will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 4 seconds. This competitor is the reason we think Porsche may continue tweaking the prototype until they get a bit more power. Until then, Porsche only has the upperhand in the looks and name recognition departments.

  • Leave it
    • Just a prototype
    • Still doesn’t reach the power level of the Tesla
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  (382) posted on 04.25.2012

It looks so good, but I do not like its shade of color orange. That can be fixed though.

  (580) posted on 02.6.2012

It is impressive that a sports car could be powered by an electric powered motor. This sports car is amazing, which gives two levels of performance because of its two electrically operated motors.

  (858) posted on 10.19.2011

I love the abstract appearance of this Porsche. It is so artistic and emphasized only the angst and aggressiveness of this one. I hope that they really had a plan to put this on the market and hopefully soon. smiley

  (402) posted on 08.24.2011

Oh yeah, I really don’t like the figure performance of the vehicle. I think Porsche need to upgrade the engine of the car.

  (530) posted on 08.24.2011

The deliver power of the vehicle is kind of less powerful. I love the speed performance of the car. Thank goodness that its just a concept vehicle.

  (302) posted on 07.26.2011

They study and make it for a long period of time. Now is the time to unleash this one. This Porsche Boxter E has an amazing output as a prototype. I also like the color combination. This will surely put them on top.

  (472) posted on 06.2.2011

As a prototype, it delivers good performance at all. The engine definitely is a must see thing for two motors develop a total of 241 HP and a peak torque of 398 lbs-ft at a maximum engine speed of approximately 12,000 rpm which is the best part of this car.

  (776) posted on 05.30.2011

I think they are already on the final stages of development. So it is likely that we will be seeing this one either early next year or a bit later. So we will really have to watch out for this one.

  (433) posted on 05.27.2011

So when are they going to put this one into production? They have been developing this for almost two years I think. Maybe it’s time that they release it.

  (592) posted on 05.27.2011

Indeed, they have really worked a lot one the Boxster E. So it is not really that surprising that the result would be an excellent car, and their efforts really paid off.

  (503) posted on 05.27.2011

Hideous! Although its a Porsche brand, Still I will not consider to buy any of this.
BTW, I thought the Tesla Roadster is the worst version of electric car, it seems it need to be dethrone!

  (570) posted on 05.27.2011

Well, the only thing that makes me interested about this production was the mid engine attached here. I bet the car will perform good though I can’t stop thinking about the reliability of this car.

  (427) posted on 05.26.2011

Well, let’s just see how this baby would do in a track. From that, we might be able to say whether this one is crap or something to hail for its performance.\

  (1211) posted on 05.26.2011

Well, I already knew that they would be able to pull this one off, since Porsche has a good track record when it comes to such projects. Though, I must admit that I am quite surprised at how fast they unveiled it.

  (273) posted on 05.26.2011

Oh no! Why the hell Porsche has been making electric cars? Well, I don’t think that making one would be the solution to keep pace with the growing industry of electric cars!
This car is just a crap that still needs a further research!

  (398) posted on 05.26.2011

Honestly, I’m so impressed with the fuel car version of Porsche for they produced an amazing speed. And I would say taking about high speed performance this car brand has it. However, making an electric car would change my opinion since we all know on how unreliable is this version!

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