Porsche Has Been Forced to Delay the Electric Porsche 718

    As is the case with making an electric Porsche 911, the technology just isn’t ready yet

    2017-2020 Porsche 718 Cayman

    We now know that the 911 will be the last Porsche to go electric, and as it turns out, one of the main reasons for that has also trickled over to 718 Boxster and Cayman.  Porsche has showcased at least some of its electric knowhow with the new Porsche Taycan but moving that technology over to a sports car has proven to be, well, difficult. That’s the case, among other things, with the Porshce 911 EV, and it’s now the case with the Porsche 718. It’s not that Porsche can’t put an electric powertrain in the 718 – it actually has a handful of electric prototypes – but it can’t do it in a way that maintains the true nature of a Porsche sports car.

    We learned this during an interview between Porsche’s Head of R&D, Dr. Michael Steiner, and Car Magazine. In the interview, Dr. Steiner explained that current lithium-ion battery tech is just too heavy to be put into a four-door sports car.

    “We are running several electrified Boxsters to gain expertise and knowledge to see how an electric car performs as a two-door. But there is no final decision yet. The additional weight for a sports car, we are not satisfied with today. This is one of the reasons why our next electric car will be a small SUV, not a two-door sports car.”

    Dr. Michael Steiner – Porsche Head of Research and Development

    That small SUV Dr. Steiner is referring to is the 2021 Porsche Macan that will supposedly be produced as an EV and a traditional ICE vehicle. The current-gen Macan will take a hefty facelift to bring it into line with the appearance of the next-gen Macan EV.

    When Will Porsche Produce an Electric Sports Car Like the 911 or 718?

    Despite the fact that Porsche has ran into weight troubles with putting an EV powertrain into a car like the 718 and, obviously, the 911, that doesn’t mean the company has just shelved the project. The company is still testing electric 718 prototypes and is still learning about how electric sports cars perform. The fact of the matter is that an electric Porsche sports car is still pretty far off and, until there’s a major leap in battery technology, Porsche won’t be able to deliver a two-door sports car that lives up to the brand name.

    Eventually, solid-state batteries will become more commonplace and at that time, there’s a good chance that Porsche will be able to make the major leaps it needs to deliver such a car. Until then, you can expect the company to focus on sedans and SUVs during its early shift into an all-electric lineup. As for the electric Porsche 718, well the current 718 twins will carry on until at least 2023 while going through at least a minor facelift in the meantime. If things pan out, the next-gen model could be sold as an EV, but there’s no guarantee things will fall into place by then.

    Electric Porsche 718 Cayman and Boxster Specifications

    Powertrain Twin-Electric Motors Rear- or All-Wheel Drive
    Horsepower 400 HP (System Total)
    Torque 500 LB-FT (est)
    Chassis Aluminum Monocoque
    Electric Range 250 Miles+
    Estimated On-Sale Date Mid-2023 At The Earlist

    2017-2020 Porsche 718 Cayman Gallery

    If You want to learn more about the 718, check out our review on the 2020 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS, 2020 Porsche 718 Boxster GTS, or the 1960 Porsche 718 RS 60 Werks!