New Porsche 911 hybrid may be delayed due to battery technology
Reports on DriveTribe and other automotive sites point to a hybrid Porsche 911 coming in four years’ time. For Purists this is something they thought would never happen, well now it may happen much latter then previously reported.
Porsche unveiled its new iconic sportscar late last month at the LA Auto Show. The car, its drivetrain and tech all reportedly engineered for a hybrid power. The 992 was destined to become the first hybridized 911 in the entire history of the German marque.
Porsche is always the leader in providing mixed signals. Before the 992 was released a Porsche, head quoted that the 911 world never be 'fully' electric. In this comment once again not ruling out a hybrid version.
External reports last week indicated 2022 for a hybrid 911. This now may be incorrect unless battery technology improved in the interim. Porsche is not happy with today’s battery technology and this could force Porsche to wait further until the batteries improve.
Quoted to drive at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November, the head of the 911 range, August Achleitner. was quoted as saying “Today the battery technology wouldn’t be satisfying for us, and if it doesn’t satisfy us then we won’t offer it." Mr Achleitner, also noted … "It doesn’t make sense to offer a hybrid version which will just stay in the showroom.”
Porsche purists hope this day never comes, but if it doesn’t come with the facelift 992 in 2022 it will most probably arrive for the next generation 911. As with all of Porsches comments we will have to keep reading between the lines.