Porsche’s Panamera Sport Turismo – which was first revealed in 2012 – is the starting point for the new premium sedan. The patents show that the Porsche EVs will sit on a substantially new structure, although it is based on an adaptation of the upcoming MSB platform, which will be used for the new Panamera, future Bentley models and the new Porsche executive sedan, known as the Pajun.
The electric Porsche sedan will deliver 420 horsepower and a range of 265 miles. It is rumored to launch in late 2017 or early 2018.
The clever packaging of the new car also makes it easy to produce it in both battery and hydrogen-powered forms. Porsche engineers have designed a new structural rear-mounting system for the electric-drive motors. This makes the powertrain itself part of the ‘eMSB’ structure, which will help to stiffen the rear end, improve the overall rigidity and ensure resilience in a rear-end impact.
Porsche plans to install two electric motors in the rear, one for each wheel.
Porsche is also developing its own induction charging system to allow the battery pack to be charged without cables.
Porsche Pajun will take on the BMW 5 Series Sedan, the Tesla Model S and a potential BMW i5.