When we drove the Porsche Mission R electric racing car prototype late last year. It was clear that the car was a motorsport-themed preview of what to anticipate when Porsche electrifies its smallest sports cars. The 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman, even if Porsche wasn’t saying anything at the time. If you enjoyed that concept, you’re going to appreciate Porsche’s next revelation.
Porsche revealed at its annual conference on Friday that the next-generation 718 will only feature battery-electric powertrains. The 718 will be the third Porsche car to be powered entirely by electricity. Following the Taycan, which has been on the market for a few years. And the next-generation Macan, which is expected to arrive soon. CEO Oliver Blume stated that the electrified 718 would be available in 2025.
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This is consistent with another announcement made at the annual conference. “By 2030, the share of all new vehicles with an all-electric drive should be greater than 80%,” Blume said. Previously, Porsche stated that by that time, the majority of its vehicles would be either electric or plug-in hybrid. This indicates a more aggressive push into the battery-electric area. When Porsche traditionally relied more on plug-in hybrids as a type of stepping stone. Between now and then, Porsche anticipates that BEV and PHEV models will account for half of its yearly sales by 2025.
Porsche Mission R prototype looks ready to race
Setting more ambitious goals necessitates greater effort to achieve them. Porsche said it expects to invest in more charging stations with partners. In addition to its own charging infrastructure, to that aim. Porsche is also investing in high-performance battery cell manufacturing as part of its joint venture with Cellforce Group. The company believes they will be ready for series production by 2024. This should enhance how the batteries charge and discharge, as well as improve energy density. Which can reduce the mass of the battery pack and so boost the car’s performance even more.
You can’t sell electric cars if there aren’t places to charge them, but Porsche has plans for infrastructure as well. The company stated that it will continue to collaborate with partners to develop public charging stations. But it also stated that it will work on Porsche-only charging stations for its owners. These stations, which are likely to be similar to the Audi Charging Hub concept. After all, they’re all part of one big, happy VW Group family. Would provide Porsche drivers with a spot to charge and rest or work with a cup of coffee and a beautiful place to sit.
Even with all of this forward-thinking business keeping Porsche busy, the company isn’t having a bad time right now. In 2021, the carmaker made a new record by delivering 301,915 vehicles worldwide. The first time the OEM surpassed the 300,000-car barrier. The Macan was the obvious sales winner, with the Cayenne close behind. Furthermore, Porsche doubled Taycan deliveries in 2021. While the 911 had its finest year to date. Nipping at the Taycan’s heels with 38,464 deliveries to the Taycan’s 41,296. And, if the electric 718 is anything like the Taycan, it will be a spectacular vehicle.