Porsche takes up efforts to keep electric cars sporty

Porsche Boxster E

One of the biggest questions involving the influx of electric cars coming in the future is how fun they’ll be to drive. We already get a slight glimpse with the likes of the Tesla Roadster, the new Chevrolet Volt, and even got a further glimpse back in the day with the Toyota Prius. But Tesla aside, we’ve come to learn that they’re not all that exciting to drive. Sure they’re soothingly quiet and kind to the planet but that’s pretty much it. They are virtually the antithesis to driving fun.

With stricter economy standards in the works with stronger pressure from abysmal gas prices, us enthusiasts all conceded to the fact that it’s inevitable: manufacturers are starting to kill the fun. For example, the lack of an audible engine noise is like taking away the beach from a Caribbean holiday. Driving anything with an alternative powertrain is down right eerie and gives you a chill down your back—not like one a stonking V8 would induce—but one that makes you think that there’s some weird geeky technologically wicked magic going on somewhere around you. It’s uncanny.

So it makes you ponder what manufacturers will do to keep the fun in electric cars. Some have even considered creating artificial engine noises for both enjoyment and safety purposes – just speaking about that makes you want to gawk. But there may be some hope.

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Porsche decided to announce that it will be hard at work to make sure that its future electric cars will continue to give a Porsche-like driving experience. It may not be the end after all!

Beginning with experiments involving ways to differentiate power delivery of their electric powertrains, Porsche wants to significantly distinguish the performance characteristics of its cars from those of the competitors, according to Dr. Michael Steiner who led the Panamera Hybrid Project.

For example, they’re working with mating their current PDK dual-clutch cog swapper to electric motors so that the driver can rev the motor more, despite it being less efficient. In terms of the motor’s characteristics, Steiners said that changing the windings in the motor’s armatures and using a DC current rather than an AC current can significantly alter the motor’s characteristics.

Porsche also recognizes that in order to maintain fun in driving their future electric cars means a little sacrifice in efficiency when Steiner said, “Extended range EVs that use internal combustion engines as onboard generators are not suitable for Porsche.”

Whatever Porsche discovers makes me feel more comforted that the future in electric motoring is in good hands. They’re German and they set standards all the time.

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Porsche Boxster E

– By: Chris Chin

Source: Inside Line

Chris Chin

Chris Chin is the Editor-In-Chief of egmCarTech and is a regular contributor to Automobile Magazine.

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