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Don't Hold Your Breath For A 911 EV In the Near Future

Porsche is hard at work on their Tesla Model S fighter, the Mission E into production. With this new model, this has some folks wondering if Porsche could take some of the ideas and technologies the Mission E into the 911.

Drive.com.au decided to ask the man behind the development of the 911 and 718 Boxster/Cayman, August Achleitner. He admits that he is interested in the concept, but doesn't see a market for it in the near future. Achleitner also says that 911 wouldn't fully benefit from the new technology being developed for the Mission E.

"Right now it wouldn't make sense in our opinion to offer an electric 911, or hybrid version, because there are so many disadvantages of such a concept within this narrow layout of a 911. Of course, we could do it but such a car would get so heavy with so many disadvantages that we would not offer it," said Achleitner.

"I guess not today. But I think it could change with the times, so we have to be careful. Right now I would say no, but you have to follow all these developments all over the world from year to year and that's our job.

But Achleitner isn't ruling out an electric 911 in the future.

"Maybe there comes a day when we need it. Right now, not. Maybe in 10 years it looks different."

About the Hybrid 911

Achleitner's comment about not offering an electric 911 also mentions not offering a hybrid version. This seems odd as Erhard Mössle, engineering boss for the 911 Turbo, Carrera 4, and Targa said in January the company is working on a plug-in hybrid system for the next-generation 911. Mössle admitted at the time that trying to find a place for the batteries in the 911 is one of the biggest problems facing them.

Whether or not this variant has been pushed back or canned, we cannot say.

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