Porsche was rumored to be working on an electric version of the 911, and at the Frankfurt Motor Show, Porsche’s new president and CEO, Michael Macht, confirmed that Porsche is indeed working on an electric sports car, but did not reveal which model.
According to Macht, the electric sports car has to meet the high performance standards of the Porsche brand, which, given the impressive statistics of the SLS eDrive, an electric Porsche should be able to do. Macht also said that the electric vehicle would have to offer a range similar to that of current sports cars.
“I am also convinced that one day Porsche will have an electric sports car in its lineup,” said Macht. He added that current battery technology isn’t “sufficient to meet Porsche’s strict requirements; our engineers are already working hard on this challenge.”
In the next few years, Porsche will take the first step in building an electric vehicle with the introduction of a Cayenne and Panamera hybrid. After all, it was Ferdinand Porsche who built the first fully functioning hybrid car 109 years ago. Even though Macht said an electric sports car is in the future and would not give a production date, he didn’t rule out the possibility of a 911 hybrid as a stopgap solution.
“An electric sports car would therefore only make sense for Porsche if it offers performance and a cruising range similar to that of current sports cars in the market,” said Macht. “We are therefore taking the first step in this direction with a full hybrid — in the Cayenne, the Panamera, and maybe in the not-too-distant future also in a racing car or a production 911. Why not?”