No electric 911s for at least nine years says CEO
Expect hybridised versions of the cars sooner
As part of a question and answer following the brand’s annual meeting presentation, Porsche‘s CEO confirmed that the 911 will not become an EV, at least not this decade. It will, though, get a hybrid system.
“The 911 is our icon, and we will continue to build it with combustion engines, that is very clear,” CEO Olivier Blume said in response to a question about the model plans, Autoblog reports.
It’s a question of the very nature of what makes a 911, he said. “The concept of the 911 doesn’t allow a fully electric car, because we have the engine in the rear, and to put the weight of the battery in the rear, you wouldn’t be able to drive the car,” Blume explained. Putting a current-tech battery pack in the car, at the rear, would only be able to offer a short range, and since the traditional under-car pack wouldn’t work to maintain the 911’s signature weight balance, it’s largely a non-starter until batteries become much more compact and energy-dense.
“For this decade, I’m very clear, the 911 will be a combustion-engined car.” It’s too early to tell what will happen in the 2030s.”
As far as electrification, though, he said that “we are already working on this concept,” saying that for the Porsche 911, the automaker is looking at a sporty hybrid option like what is offered on other e-hybrid models. Blume referenced the 919 racer that won the 24 Hours of Le Mans as an example of what was possible.
Porsche will continue to work to develop eFuel, a synthetic fuel that can deliver a full combustion engine experience while delivering a 90 percent CO2 reduction. While likely further from production than an EV, this could be a very interesting tech going forward as it reduces the need for rare earth metals and should eliminate (largely unfounded) range anxieties.