There’s a rumor going around that Porsche is making an affordable electric car. Could it be? The mystery sedan would be like the Porsche Taycan, but smaller. It would also be cheaper and although affordability is relative, it’s a move many Porsche enthusiasts will probably be happy to hear. The unconfirmed Porsche would likely rival the BMW i4 or the Tesla Model 3.
What do we know about an affordable Porsche?
It would join Porsche’s current electric vehicle lineup which currently consists of the Porsche Taycan and will include the electric Macan in 2023. It would probably cost around $70,000 which may not sound affordable, but we’re talking about an electric Porsche.
Still, it’s not a definite yet. This means that specs like its engine, horsepower and range are all unknown factors. It could possibly have two powertrains: a rear wheel drive and a four wheel drive option. However, it’s possible that it will be similar to the Porsche Taycan.
It could be one of the first electric vehicles built on the Porsche-Audi platform
Porsche and Audi are sister companies and part of the VW Group which also includes Bentley. Together the VW Group is building a new electric vehicle platform. Their platform is called the Premium Platform Electric (PPE), and it will allow both companies to expand their range of electric vehicles. The VW Group’s PPE is expected to sell seven million electric vehicles on their new platform in the decade following its release.
The second generation Macan would also be built on the PPE. An electric-only version of the Macan is set to debut in 2023. The PPE is also expected to be responsible for an electric Audi A6 and a crossover called the Audi Q6 e-tron. The mystery Porsche would likely be similar in size to the Audi A4, a staple of the Audi line.
Although there’s no name for the rumored affordable Porsche, it’s possible that Porsche will use a name they registered in 2011 but hasn’t used: Cajun.
It would be a competitor to the BMW i4 and Tesla Model 3
If the affordable Porsche sedan becomes a thing – and there’s no guarantee that it will – it would likely compete against the supercool BMW i4. It could also compete against the Tesla Model 3, which is currently the best-selling plug-in electric car in the world. So yeah, it’s got its work cut out for it.
When can we expect this mysterious affordable Porsche?
It’s hard to have a hard debut date for something that’s still technically in the beginning stages of becoming reality. Still, with the Premium Platform Electric platform beginning to be used in 2022, it won’t happen before then.
As more car manufacturers look toward an electric future, it’s no surprise that Porsche is looking to expand their lineup. They may also expand their partnership with Electrify America, which is the largest public charging network. If an affordable Porsche electric car does become a reality, there will be a lot of very happy Porsche and electric car lovers.