The estimated range of 78 miles with 53 percent battery remaining doesn’t look promising.
September 18, 2023 in 7:36 AM ET
The first all-electric 718 Boxster in Porsche history won’t launch until 2025, but we’ve already seen plenty of pre-production prototypes tested in various situations. Today, we can share the first spy photos that show the interior of the zero-emission sports car without almost any camouflage.
For reasons we do not yet know, the disguise on this concept car has been put aside to reveal a large portion of the dashboard design. It probably shouldn’t be a surprise that there’s a dual-screen layout with a fully digital instrument cluster behind the steering wheel. It is located a few inches above the central screen and we can clearly see some information displayed in graphical form.
For example, this prototype’s battery is 53 percent full and another gauge shows an estimated range of 125 kilometers, which equates to about 78 miles. This doesn’t sound very promising but there are a number of factors to consider here.
Gallery: Interior spy photos of the Porsche Boxster EV
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For starters, we don’t know how aggressively the prototype was being driven before the photo was taken but it’s worth noting that the instrument cluster shows the car in normal driving mode. Also, Porsche may be testing different battery packs for the Boxster EV, and this prototype could be equipped with a smaller pack. Last but not least, the ambient temperature is 16.5°C or 61.7°F.
Let’s talk a little about the car’s center console. Keep in mind that this is not the final interior of the model, but there is a set of five physical buttons below the central display and at the bottom, we see the air vents and two USB Type-C charging ports. A few additional physical controls can be seen on the flat area below along with the control Some functionality is through what appear to be capacitive touch buttons. This prototype appears to be equipped with heated and ventilated seats.
The electric Boxster will sit on a new platform that Porsche has for its future small electric cars. Some of its components will be shared with other models, and there may also be hardware coming from the new Premium Platform Electric (PPE) jointly developed by Porsche and Audi for the Macan EV and Q6 E-Tron.
From what we know so far, the Boxster EV will be launched with a single electric motor located on the rear axle. The jury’s still out on whether we’ll see a more powerful dual-motor variant with all-wheel drive capability.