Like most companies under the Volkswagen Group, Porsche is going green too, and electrification is the way to go. The German marque announced during a press briefing that the company aims to be carbon-neutral by 2030. To do so, the majority of vehicles sold be either be plug-in hybrids or battery electric. Specifically, Porsche expects at least 80% of global sales to be electrified by 2030.
With that, expect most models in Porsche's lineup to be electrified in one way or another. However, one car will remain purely powered by an internal combustion engine – the 911. Well, that's according to none other than Porsche CEO Oliver Blume who spoke with CNBC. According to Blume, the 911 will be the last model to go electric in the brand's lineup. With that in mind, don't expect to see any form of electrified 911 anytime soon.
“The 911 is our icon. We will continue to build the 911 with a combustion engine. 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,” Blume said.
While the 911 might not be getting any form of electrification soon, it doesn't mean it will never happen. Blume adds that a “very sporty hybridization” of the 911 is already in the works, using lessons learned from their Le Man's winning 919 Hybrid Racer. So yes, the time of a pure-combustion engine 911 is limited. Still, it gives enthusiasts time to save and purchase one before 2030 arrives. It will also give purists time to adjust to the news of a hybrid or even electric 911.
But for those that want more EVs from Porsche, it's good news. With the recently revealed Taycan Cross Turismo, expect the German marque to further expand their EV lineup in the future, venturing into crossovers.