Porsche dismisses rumors of a Tesla Model S rival – Report

Posted on: Dec 23, 2014 - 6:30pm IST

Brand to focus on E-Hybrid systems.

Earlier, rumor had it that Porsche was working on a Model S competitor that would be based on the upcoming Pajun (smaller version of the 4-door Panamera). However, in an interview with Autocar, Porsche’s research and development boss Wolfgang Hatz confirmed that Porsche is not working on a Model S competitor at the moment, citing reasons that the technology available is not advanced enough to meet customer’s expectations.

Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo
The VW-owned manufacturer is working on a smaller version of the Panamera.

The R&D chief further mentioned that “until the technology offers a solution to those problems (charging, range), Porsche will not be looking at launching such a car.

Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid front three equarter at the 2014 Paris Motor Show
Since customer feedback has so far been positive for Porsche’s hybrid models, they will direct their focus on improving such powertrains.

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As far as environment-friendly Porsches are concerned, Hatz said that the brand is leading the way in plug-in hybrid technology. Since customer feedback has so far been positive for Porsche’s hybrid models, they will direct their focus on improving such powertrains.

2015 Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid (Unrelated) – Image Gallery

[Source : Autocar]

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