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Mike Stevens | Feb 16, 2011

The all-electric Tesla Roadster has had a stranglehold on the electric sports car market for some time now. Too long, as far as Porsche is concerned, and this week it has unveiled its plans for the segment.

Based on the Boxster and dubbed simply Boxster E, Porsche's all-electric sports car is a prototype only for now, described as a "mobile laboratory."

Power is provided by a pair of electric motors producing a combined 180kW, and while Porsche has revealed little else at this stage, it has confirmed that the Boxster E will cover the 0-60mph (96km/h) sprint in 5.0 seconds.

With those sorts of figures, the Tesla Roadster is safe - but for how much longer? Mercedes-Benz is also in the hunt for electric honours, with its larger SLS AMG E-Cell hitting 100km/h in 4.0 seconds.

Unlike the Boxster E, Mercedes-Benz has confirmed a production future for the SLS AMG E-Cell, although dates and pricing are still to be confirmed.

Audi - Porsche's stablemate in the Volkswagen Group - is also developing a production version of its R8-based e-tron, expected to hit the international market late next year.

 

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