Porsche's next Panamera is due to go on sale in 2016
The new Panamera will launch in 2016. Several versions are expected to go on sale, including different bodystyles and a smaller version of the car which will take on the likes of top-end BMW 5-series models.
While the smaller version of the Panamera is likely to make production, an all-electric version currently isn't possible, according to Hatz.
“We are a sports car firm, and that brings with it certain expectations,” he said. “A Tesla is a fine car, but you cannot drive it enthusiastically without losing range or performance too quickly. Until the technology offers a solution to those problems, we will not be looking at launching such a car.”
Electric Porsche Boxster test cars have been developed by the firm since 2011, and are still being evaluated today as part of a joint programme with the German authorities.
However, Hatz reiterated that the technology is still too new to warrant consideration for production.“We are leading the way with plug-in technology, and our customers are happy with the benefits that it brings,” said Hatz. “For now, that is our focus.”
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