The Porsche 911 Isn’t Immune to Electrification, But Now Isn’t the Time

    The man behind Porsche’s sports car line had a lot to say about why going electric isn’t right for the 911 quite yet

    2021 Porsche 911 Turbo S

    With EVs starting to make a major influence in the automotive world, it’s only a matter of time before even the most iconic of sports cars takes the turn to electrification. In this case, we’re talking about the Porsche 911, and the rumors about it going hybrid or electric in the near future have essentially be squashed by none other than Frank-Steffen Walliser, the Director of Porsche’s sports cars line.

    Will an electric Porsche 911 happen this decade? Well, the answer to that question is probably a solid no. In fact, Walliser, was pretty adamant that he’s going to push to keep the 911 as the gas-drinking icon that it’s always been:

    The 911 will be the last Porsche to become electric, coming hopefully after my retirement so I’m not responsible any more and no one can blame me… I will fight to let the 911 keep its gasoline engine.

    2021 Porsche 911 Turbo S

    So, a full-on Porsche 911 EV is a long ways away, and probably won’t even happen this decade, with {Autocar} hinting that it could be as late as 2030 before that happens. But, what about a hybrid 911? Rumors about that happening in the next year or two have been swirling around as well. Speaking about a hybrid 911, Walliser gave a good reason as to why it’s not going to happen.

    “It’s really difficult to do with the 911 and the way it is packaged. We want to keep it as a 2+2, we want to keep decent trunk space and we don’t want to destroy the shape of the 911.”

    2021 Porsche 911 Turbo S

    It’s not just about packaging, though. Even a small battery and small electric motor – exactly what a hybrid 911 would need – would add a significant amount of weight to the car. This is weight that wouldn’t only disrupt the car’s general performance (one arguing that the motor could make up for the lost performance) but the overall weight distribution and general driving dynamics. Walliser had to admit that it would be “easier to make a completely new car” than it would be to make the 911 a hybrid in its current state.

    With this in mind, there are two major things we can take away from this. With the 911 following the traditional seven-year lifecycle, the earliest a 911hybrid could come to life would be in 2026 when the next-gen model is introduced. And, that’s assuming that it would be among the first of the models introduced. Secondly, an all-electric Porsche 911 is even further out, and Autocar’s thoughts of 2030 are starting to make a lot of sense. Will the world be ready for one of its most iconic sports cars to go electric a decade from now? I guess we’ll just have to wait to find out.