Porsche Says 911 Hybrid’s Major Challenges Are Extra Weight, Packaging
Porsche has been working hard for the 911 Hybrid for several years, but the company still faces the challenges of making an electrified version of its most famous model. The two biggest problems to solve are keeping the components compact and making sure they don’t weigh too much.
“We have to pack everything because the car is relatively small. We don’t want to give up the 2 + 2 layout, the architecture or the shape of the car, because they are part of the history of 911”, Frank-Steffen Walliser, boss of the 911 range, said Coach.
The 911 hybrid would arrive after the mid-cycle refresh of the 992 generation, putting the likely start in 2023 or 2024. Although it could be as late as 2026, according to a recent report.
The hybrid’s powertrain remains a bit mysterious. According to the brand’s CEO, Oliver Blume, Porsche wanted the model to make a big impact so that it could have up to 700 horsepower (522 kilowatts). It would use a PHEV system so that the electric motors are more powerful and the pure EV range is longer due to the larger battery.
A fully electric 911 is also on the cards, but much later than the hybrid. The electric vehicle apparently didn’t arrive until after 2030. At that point, battery and motor technology should be advanced enough to make an electric sports car worthy of the name.
In the meantime, if you want an electric Porsche, then the Taycan is already available, and there are more electric vehicles on the way. A station wagon version of the Taycan is in preparation before the end of 2020. In addition, an electric Macan arrives around 2022.