Porsche’s ambitious electrification plan expects up to 80 percent of the brand’s sales to be made up of battery-electric vehicles. However, don’t expect the 911 sports car to make up part of that soon. According to a report from CNBC, Porsche doesn’t plan to make the 911 completely electric like the Taycan and the upcoming second-generation Macan crossover.
Oliver Blume, Porsche’s CEO and chairman of the board notes that the iconic sports car will be the last to get full electrification — if it ever gets it. “The 911 is our icon. We will continue to build the 911 with a combustion engine,” Blume said during a media call before an annual meeting. “The concept of the 911 doesn’t allow a fully electric car because we have the engine in the rear. To put the weight of the battery in the rear, you wouldn’t be able to drive the car.” Don’t rule out a 911 hybrid, though. Porsche hinted that they’re working on one and it will apply the learnings from the brand’s hybrid race cars.
As part of its plan to go carbon-neutral, Porsche will invest $24 million in “e-fuels.” Officials say that this substance is carbon neutral and can act like gasoline so that owners of current and classic models have a way to drive while remaining environmentally friendly.
Porsche is the latest automotive brand to commit to carbon neutrality. General Motors, Volvo, Nissan, BMW, and Volkswagen have all made announcements earlier for the same goal by the next decade or two. Electrification plays a major role toward that target with companies either making their entire lineup completely electric or consists only of hybrids and EVs.