Porsche researching changes to current electric drivetrains such as adapting its PDK dual-clutch gearbox to make driving experience more pleasurable.
Porsche is considering staking out territory in the future marketplace as the world's best maker of performance EV (electric vehicles).
According to a report by Inside Line, the sports-car maker wants to extend the storied driver experience of a Porsche into future electric models such as an all-electric 911. Porsche appears to be en route to having hybrid or all-electric variants of all its models.
To bring the Porsche driving experience to electric cars the automaker is researching how to make changes to current EV setups to deliver a more internal-combustion-like experience, particularly in acceleration.
According to Dr. Michael Steiner of Porsche, the man who headed development of the Panamera Hybrid, that means adapting the Porsche PDK dual-clutch gearbox to an electric-powered drivetrain to encourage drivers to rev the motor and un-flatten the power curve of current EV models which maintain a constant peak torque.
Porsche is also looking at switching electric motor windings to DC instead of AC current to allow the motor's features to be changed.
Steiner also rules out extended-range electric vehicles with an on-board internal-combustion engine to recharge the batteries as the car is on the move. He says Porsche believes driving pleasure comes from a responsive engine.
Last February, Porsche unveiled a Boxster E prototype, an all-electric variant of the Boxster model. Power on the Boxster E comes from a 29 kWh battery which drives two electric motors that develop a combined 245 PS (180 kW / 241 hp).
Porsche did not provide any range details on the Boxster E but claimed the EV had a performance comparable to the Boxster S which accelerates from 0-60 mph (96 km/h) in 5.0 seconds and has a top speed of 170 mph (274 km/h).