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From the Editor…
UP FRONT… The motoring landscape is about to change rapidly, but is the charging infrastructure ever going to be able to cope?
Resistance is futile, it would appear. Save for a few plucky manufacturers, the smart money is on electric propulsion. It had better turn out to be the right way to go, because it will be one hell of a blind alley if it all goes wrong.
Electric is at the forefront here in 911&PW because Porsche has just officially launched the all-electric Taycan. Check out the news pages in this issue. We drove a lightly disguised prototype in the last issue and, next month, we’ll have got behind the high-tech wheel of the full production version. And talking of smart money, as predicted in the news pages a good few issues ago, the next all-new Boxster and Cayman are likely to be all-electric, too. Slowly, but surely, Porsche is turning the fuel pump off, when it comes to future petrol engine development. Soon it will just be the niche models that are thus propelled and built in relatively small numbers.
Slowly, but surely, Porsche is turning the fuel pump off for future petrol engines
Personally I’m, let’s say, electro curious, but still somewhat doubtful (from a practical point of view) as to whether electric really is the right way to go. I spend most of my time working from home, taking mainly local journeys. Electro perfect! But then a couple of times a month, I’m on the road for a few days, covering big miles, with time of the essence. Cue electro dubious. I know it’s all about charging infrastructure, and it will get better (we’re told), but I just don’t see how it can ever really cope with demand, or the likes of me and others needing to cover 300+ in a day, with a couple of stops thrown in.
The needs of the petrol car were historically catered for gradually, as take up was initially very slow. We’re being forced in to electric cars at a much higher rate and the infrastructure needs to be accelerating at such a pace to keep up with coming demand. I’ve got my first Taycan journey planned out. It’s only a 500-mile round trip and in no way challenging, but I’m not expecting it to be straightforward.