Porsche Says 911 Will Be Its Last Car To Go Electric

AUG 20 2018 BY DOMENICK YONEY 21

Will see all-electric racers within 10 years

Electric plugs have been sneaking into the Porsche lineup for some years now, starting with the 918 Spyder and Panamera S E-Hybrid in 2013. With the Porsche Taycan now scheduled to hit showrooms in late 2019, the shift from plug-in hybrids to all-electric models begins. Where will it all end? With the company’s storied 911 model, apparently.

That’s the view of the vice president of Motorsport and GT cars for Porsche, Dr. Frank-Steffen Walliser, at least. According to the Australian publication Drive, the executive, who made the comment while in the UK attending the six-hour Silverstone race said, “I would say the 911 would be the last car that we would make with an electric drivetrain.

That might be news to his boss, CEO Oliver Blume. The head honcho said just a few months ago at the company’s annual results conference that the Porsche 911 would never be electric. This is not to say the rear-engined icon will never get a plug, however.

We reported back in early 2016 the German automaker would make a plug-in hybrid eventually. As of now, we believe that will only happen during a mid-cycle refresh of the next generation of the car, which will launch this year. So, possibly we may see a 911 PHEV around 2024 or so.

There is also a good chance we’ll see all-electric Porsche race cars on the track before too long. Asked whether battery-powered GT series cars might arrive within the decade, Walliser reportedly responded with a simple, “I would say it’s less.” Though the Stuttgart-based outfit will  offer the Taycan soon, this may not be the vehicle that would participate in such a series. The Mission E program covers a variety of future vehicles, including the Mission E Cross Turismo, and there are rumors of a sportscar on the same platform as well. Just don’t expect it to look like or bear the badge of the 911.

 

Source: Drive.com.au

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21 Comments on "Porsche Says 911 Will Be Its Last Car To Go Electric"

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Brian

I have no doubt that the 911 will be the last production ICE car, the irony is that it’s one of if not the best EV conversion.

Nix

Old air cooled ones, yes. Even has a frunk.

Nix

Doesn’t seem like a big deal to me. They can call their electric equivalent a 711 or 666, it really doesn’t matter.

They will have to do a ground up clean sheet build for an EV 911 replacement anyways. There is no way an ICE conversion to EV of the 911 chassis could compete at top levels vs. a clean sheet from the ground up pure EV.

Get Real

And you can say the same about most conversions like all those compliance cars from the laggard, legacy LICE makers that stuff the trunk full of batteries of an existing hybrid model.

Not exactly competitive to exciting clean sheet, real EV models now showing up in more numbers thanks to the pressure from Tesla.

antrik

I think it works a bit better for mid-engined cars (see original Tesla Roadster) — but still not quite as good as a dedicated platform, of course.

R.S

But the 911 is rear engined. Sure they could put the batteries there, too. But I guess T shaped batteries would be the best.

Under floor is ok, too, but you gain hight, which is always bad for aerodynamics. Putting all of them in the back surely isn’t the best option and retrofits a never optimal.

dinhh68

Porsche will be out of business before 911 goes electric

Pluto

Not sure about that. As a Tesla owner, if I could choose to buy any gas car it would be a Porsche 911 (GT3).

pjwood1

I’ve been tempted to go back to a well-used 996 version. You still get the magic Metzger, and don’t suffer the price inflation of the 997s.

The day I see coming is when enough non-ICE cars are tracking, that the tolerance for engines dropping oil and anti-freeze becomes self-defeating. When yours was the car that took away one hour of track time, out of ~8, or worse causes an accident on your goo, you get judged harshly.

The basis for this is what?

Nono13

Tesla will be out of business before Porsche. Meaning for me they should both still exist 50 years from now.

R.S

Because we all know there is only one car company in the future…

From all legacy car makers, VW group has the most ambitious plans. And especially Porsche had big plans for EVs.

They just don’t think the 911 will switch soon, but it isn’t even their only sports car. Sure, Taycan and the next Macan will be first, but after that they will surely add an electric sports car as well.

G2

Wait, hasn’t Porsche said (several times) that the 911 will never be electric??

Prsnep

Doesn’t matter what the exec said. There will be no ICE-only powertrains in sports/luxury cars 20 years. The electric version of the 911may or may not be called 911 and it really doesn’t matter.

antrik

I don’t think saying that it would be the last car to go electric is really a contradiction to saying it will never happen?… (Notice “would” vs. “will”.)

mzso

Why make stupid comments like this? What does it hurt to have an EV 911 variant?

BayAreaMech

Because the 911’s essence is inextricably tied to a flat-6 mounted behind the rear axle. There are few vehicles in the world as emotionally impactful as a Porsche 911. EVs will simply never have the kind of visceral, emotional impact that an ICE car can have. Switching a 911 to electric is necessarily removing a part of its soul. Eventually it will be necessary and obviously Porsche admits that, but to do it before it is absolutely required would be unthinkable. Don’t get me wrong, EVs are the future and have their own performance benefits, but soul and personality will never be in their repertoire.

rey

Yes ,part of that “soul” is spewing Pollutants into the environment.

Spider-Dan

There’s no need to make a Porsche EV that carries the name “911.” In fact, it’s easier to distinguish them if they make the EV sports coupe a “977” or whatever.

rey

Porsche needs to put all the Powertrain in the back and make the 911EV tail happy to be a real 911 just like the original AIRCOOLED 911s, yes that includes most of the batteries , can you say oversteer?