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Role model for Tesla? Porsche shows old concept for fast electric car in van format

There is still no real electric space miracle from Tesla – the Model X offers seven seats as an option, but the two rearmost seats are quite cramped. According to Tesla CEO Elon Musk, a Tesla with a high passenger density is to come in the future. For the time being, however, he is leaving the field of electric cars in van or minibus format to conventional manufacturers such as Mercedes or Opel. And as a new photo book shows, Porsche almost joined them and offered a fast electric bus alongside the Taycan sports electric car.

Three visions, a purely electric car

According to Porsche, 15 spectacular vehicle visions are presented in a printed book entitled Porsche Unseen, three of which were published in advance on the web this week. Some of the studies presented in the book will later also be shown in the Porsche Museum.

At the start, Porsche showed three models from 2017 to 2019 on the web, of which only the van is a purely electric one. The Porsche 919 Street is based on the drive of the 919 Hybrid with 900 hp and should give private people a racing experience, but it didn’t go beyond a clay model. Two years later came the Vision Spyder, a resumption of the Porsche 550-1500 RS Spyder from 1954. It would certainly have made an interesting retro electric car, but Porsche didn’t pursue it any further as a combustion engine.

This also applies to the only electric car that is one of the first three previously secret studies. It bears the interesting name of racing service and dates back to 2018 – according to Porsche, “the free interpretation of a family-friendly room concept for up to six people”. As with Tesla, “the fully electric drive technology” is located in the underbody and should offer a generous space and travel experience together with Porsche flair.

As with the others, Porsche does not explain why this study did not become a production car, nor does it explain why the driver should sit alone in the front center in a space car – for no real reason that seems to cost at least one seat. The window concept for the electric car van is probably also due to the attempt to be special in some way: the five passengers in the back rows cannot look out from the side because there is only a narrowing and then disappearing window in their area. Slot way up there.

Fast e-van probably only from Tesla

Like Tesla with the Model X, Porsche couldn’t bring itself to simply fit a practical body for as many passengers as possible on an electric car skateboard – the racing service van even has a closed nose with the typical kink of the Model 3. But that Porsche did not pursue the fast e-van any further, is understandable: If the Taycan sports car outstrips its own fast combustion engines, that may still be okay, but an electric mini-bus? Only Tesla will dare to do that.

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