Porsche CEO confirms hybrid 911
The possibility of an electrified 911 has long been a part of the rumour mill but now the head honcho of Porsche has confirmed engineers are working on a plug-in hybrid version.
Oliver Blume, Porsche CEO, discussed the hybrid 911 in an interview with Automotive News, commenting that the electrified 911 will debut at the time of the mid-cycle refresh...of the next generation. The new 992 is scheduled for 2019, which means the PHEV variant won’t dot down until 2023 at the earliest.
“It is very important for the 911 to have a plug-in hybrid,” said Blume.
The project hasn’t been greenlighted yet but you can bet it will if Porsche’s CEO is saying as much..
The 992 generation has been developed with electric power in mind from the outset. The decision to wait until the mid-cycle refresh gives Porsche enough time to perfect the hybrid system, with engineers currently searching for more power and extended range. Blume reckons the PHEV 911 will be able to drive emissions free for up to 69km, adding “the potential is very good with the new generation of batteries.”
There will be a weight gain because of the extra hardware but for the CEO to push for the electrified 911 means the performance and efficiency gains justify ongoing development.
A fully electric 911? That’s at least another 10 to 15 years away, according to a previous interview with Blume.