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Porsche may launch electric and fuel-cell sedans by 2018

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Porsche is developing a new electric sedan to rival the BMW 5 Series, Autocar reports. There would actually be two models including a battery-powered unit producing 420 horsepower as well as a fuel-cell variant running on hydrogen. 

While it's too early to talk about a market release date, a fairly safe estimate would be late in 2017 or the start of 2018.

The folks at Autocar got their hands on patent application documents filed in Germany, China, and the U.S. Apparently, the electric Porsche sedan will be built on a new platform derived from the next-generation Panamera, future Bentleys, and the new Porsche executive sedan known as the Pajun. A smartly designed architecture will make it easy to produce battery- and hydrogen-powered versions of the same car.

There are no indications about the electric Porsche's range, however, but in order to have a fighting chance in the segment, it would have to promise around 450 kilometres like the Tesla Model S.