Porsche 911 Will Never Be Electric, Says CEO

Black Porsche 911 and Mission E


But the Boxster and Cayman might be.

Porsche will be adding a number of electric cars to its range in the coming years – but among those cars will not be a battery-powered version of the 911, according to Porsche boss Oliver Blume.

The rear-engined sports car has been in production in one form or another since 1963, so naturally it would be expected that the stalwart player would move with the times and switch to an electric drivetrain in the coming years. However, according to a report by industry outlet Automotive News Europe, Porsche’s star attraction will never go all-electric.

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Oliver Blume, the German carmaker’s CEO, reportedly said at the company’s annual results conference that such a car would never be made. What will happen though is a plug-in hybrid variant of the 911, which could have as much as 700bhp, putting it on par with the limited run GT2 RS that was launched last year.

A hybrid drivetrain for the next-generation 911 won’t be available upon the car’s launch later this year, but will come mid-way through the new car’s life cycle when it is facelifted in the mid-2020s. Details of the proposed hybrid 911 are scarce for now, but it has been said that it will have a ‘special button’ to access the electric ‘punch.’

Instead, Porsche’s electric ambitions will centre around a production version of the Mission E concept, which will released next year with an expected 300-mile range and around 600bhp on tap. All-electric versions of the 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman also remain a possibility.

‘We launched the 718 Boxster and Cayman in 2016,’ said Blume. ‘We are not yet at the point where we have to decide how things will progress.’

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Seems like there is some internal conflict within Porsche as well as within Oliver Blume.

November 2017: “Porsche CEO, Oliver Blume, told British publication, Autocar, the 911 would be electrified within the decade. The first electrified 911s will be available as plug-in EVs (PHEVs) before later becoming fully electric.”

March 7, 2018: “According to Stefan Weckbach, head of electric-vehicle development at Porsche, the automaker now sees a day when a version of the 911 could go fully electric. While Porsche is considering going plug-in hybrid, it’s also thinking about applying the full Mission E treatment to its longest-running nameplate, Weckbach explained. ‘The same answer is there regarding a fully electric 911,’ he said. ‘This will take a couple of years to work on that and realize a car that’s within the 911 package, with the racetrack performance, with the weight everybody’s expecting from a 911.’

I think there have been something like 7-8 conflicting statements on the subject. Frankly, I don’t give a damn. The 911 shape & handling derive directly from the aircooled rear engine and weight distribution; it is very much a form-follows-function car, and the look is pretty much timeless. I don’t consider the liquid cooled models a true 911 anyway. The models of the last few decades are porky as well.
A BEV “911” wouldn’t have the same constraints in terms of weight distribution, layout or shape, so would basically be a fake retro car, like the other hipster-mobiles Fiat 500, New Beetle, Mini etc.

Well that’s absolutely fine. The 911 doesn’t have to exist forever.

It also would not be a 911 if it were electric.

Right, it would be a 911E

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

They should announce an end date for the ICE 911, bump the price about $5k per car and take orders for the last 30K batch of ICE versions.

Porsche, Lindsey Lohan called and wants the news back.

Well, If a CEO said it, it must be true… I remember when the BMW CEO said there would be no automatic M cars, no turbocharged M cars, no M SUVs, No AWD M cars, bah.

Hey, welcome to IHOP- sure you can order some waffles!!

On the other hand the 911e ….

Sounds like „640 kB is enough for everything“ to me.

Yes, and there’s a world market for maybe 5 computers, cars are just a fad, and heavier than air flying machines are impossible.

Either that or he just announced the end of 911 production by 2040…

Porsche didn’t say NEVER, journalists did.

He will not be CEO for long thinking that way.

I’d prefer if they let it die instead. The 911 is characterised by having a rear engine. A inferior design to the mid engine. They kept it because of the heritage. Just let it die instead of labeling something 911 that isn’t a 911.

Never is a much longer time than he will be CEO.

Never say never.
If true though, the 911 will most certainly die and be buried in an ICE grave.

Who needs a ICE or electric Porsche. All of we dream about new Tesla Roadter. 1.9sec 0-60mph.

I’ve owned a few Porsches, sounds like he’s playing to the same purists who years ago also scoffed at the idea of a Porsche SUV. Porsche could build an electric 911, there are so many variants of the 911 why not just build an electric version. Maybe they could enlist the help of Rimac.

Can you please start linking to source material?

It will only be a true electric 911 if they put the battery aft of the rear axle

That way you hit the tree batteries first when the ass end comes around on you.

A hybrid 911 might work as long as the market allows. This is heritage and halo car. If it goes full electric, it’s just a pastiche of the former machine. So yes, keep some form of internal combustion or let it die. Not everything lives forever.

Hooray!!!! Thank goodness. The world-leading sports car needs to stay the way it is! A most superior sport vehicle, desired by all of us! Why would anyone want an electrified Porsche 911? I have a Panamera S and I am looking forward to the day when I can replace it with a 911 Carrera and drive the roads of NM, Montana and CA! 🙂