The German automaker has decided – the future of the sports car has to do with e-mobility, as presented within the Electric Vehicle Symposium (EVS) at the Messe Stuttgart exhibition.
The company has brought there the Cayman e-volution – not a concept per se, but more of a research vehicle that signals the introduction of the 800 volts charging voltage system, all the while retaining the classic sports car credentials, with an acceleration to 62 mph (100 kph) in 3.3 seconds and a range of 200 kilometers. No worries for ICE fans, this model will never see the production line, instead offering a glimpse into the e-mobility strategy of the automaker – as well as hint towards the e-performance capabilities arriving in 2019 when Porsche will deliver the series version of the Mission E. The promise is to see the pure electric sports car arrive with a range of more than 500 km, while an 80 percent charge of the batteries will be achievable in a mere 15 minutes.
That’s thanks to the Porsche Turbo Charging system, also showcased on the Cayman e-volution, showcased for the first time as an accumulator-based fast charging system, capable of delivering a charging capacity of up to 320 kW per vehicle. The system is developed in partnership with Porsche Engineering and ADS-TEC, and has been envisioned as a supplement for areas where the distribution system is subject to power limitations. The first such high-power fast charging network will be constructed on major European traffic routes by 2020 in a collaboration between Porsche, Audi, BMW, Daimler and Ford.