Porsche will not do hybrid versions of the 911, Boxster or Cayman

Porsche will not build hybrid versions of the 911 and Boxster, according to CEO Michael Macht.

Although the company has announced that it will make a hybrid version of the new Cayenne, Macht rejected the idea of giving its sports cars a petrol-electric powertrain.

“It’s technically possible but it’s not part of the plan. It also adds weight,” he said. “We want brake regeneraton and stop-start for our sports cars, but not hybrid. They’re not driven in the city, where you get most of the advantages [of a hybrid].”

Macht also confirmed that Porsche was working on an all-electric sports car but wouldn’t put it into production unless it could reach the performance levels of a petrol model.

“There are some efforts to make a pure electric supercar,” he said, “but if Porsche is going to do that it must have the same performance and the same range as now. We want to make cars you can drive every day.”

He added that Porsche doesn’t think the performance and safety of lithium ion batteries is yet good enough to use them in an electric car or a hybrid.

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7 January 2010

It's good to see that Porsche is keeping its sports cars pure.

7 January 2010

[quote Autocar]“It’s technically possible but it’s not part of the plan. It also adds weight,” [/quote]

common sense, physical reality triumphs.

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He added that Porsche doesn’t think the performance and safety of lithium ion batteries is yet good enough to use them in an electric car or a hybrid.


common sense, physical reality triumphs some more. note the safety bit. Are you listening BMW/Mercedes with your hurried, politically-pressured EVs and hybrids?

Could Mr Macht's dose of common sense and engagement with physical reality be not just what was always obvious - EV/hybrids are crap - heavy, uneconomic, substandard performance(EVs) - but the current prolonged freeze in the whole northern hemisphere - even India is freezing up - has finally brought home the folly of trying to have bullsh!t marketeers lead fundamentally engineering companies like Porsche down the garden path to financial oblivion, if they persisted with this PC madness, which only serves the world's kleptomaniac uber-rich. Well done Mr. Macht. The world is turning. EV hype and GW bullsh!t have already hit the high watermark and are in retreat. 2010 will mark the decline and fall of the scam that is mass EV/hybrids and the return to economic and physical reality,

PS compare Porsche's dose of Real-Physik to Renault, whose latest adverts show a company intent on hari-kari, through EV mania.

7 January 2010

Agree with the above, nice to hear someone talking sense, rather than politically correct spin. What Porsche need to do now though is to make a smaller lighter more efficient sports car, but which has all the proper "Porscheness", to prove that fun and economy can go together. Come on guys, a return to your roots is required.

7 January 2010

I don't think this is the message that will be coming from the VW Group... Everyone knows that EV and Hybrid will always be aimed at the urban environment. A place in which Porsche simply has no place. It has been widely acknowledged that technology will eventually have to serve us a much more sustainable 'longer range' transport solution to the petrol and diesel motor, but that EV/Hybrid will never be it. Maybe Hydrogen? Maybe simply some other solution that will make petrol/diesel motors much more efficient than we could ever imagine today? Where there is a will, there is a way...

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