- Porsche CEO Oliver Blume says the 911 will always be petrol-powered.
- The push for electrified mobility is inevitable and may very well take over completely.
This headline hurts, and yet, is somehow fitting. In an interview about the discussion surrounding a general speed limit on German motorways, Porsche CEO Oliver Blume suggests that Porsche will always offer combustion engines, especially in the 911. He does add, conversely, that the onward march of electro-mobility cannot be stopped.
Blume explains that by 2025, there’s a strong likelihood that up to 50% of all Porsche vehicles might be electric or, alternatively, powered by a hybrid powertrain. Porsche is already well-versed in plug-in hybrid technology and as we know, the e-hybrid iterations of the products are not exactly slouches, quite the opposite actually.
He specifies that Porsche will always offer internal combustion engines but, in a way, he’s only saying that this will be the case as long as they can. He specifically brings up the 911 that, without exception, will get an ICE. This tells us that a hybrid 911 is inevitable and may very well be the technology that will power a next generation of the legendary car. But what will happen if the sale of new ICE vehicles is banned, or outlawed? If the Porsche 911 is never to go fully electric, could this signify the very end of the 911?
The very thought of an automotive landscape without arguably the greatest sports car ever built practically moves us to tears. H. G. Wells is quoted as having said “adapt or perish” and in this case, it’s not an ultimatum, it’s a decision. The 911 won’t be left behind as it will live on forever in the hearts of all car enthusiasts. Oh, and if we thought pre-owned 911 prices were ridiculous now…
Should Porsche rethink its position and adapt?
And no, we weren’t crying, you were…