It's not going electric, but...
Porsche has clarified on more than one occasion it's in no rush to fully electrify the 911. A hybrid version of the current 992 generation, however, is expected at some point. Swapping out the 911's flat-six combustion engine for an all-electric powertrain simply doesn't make sense for a number of reasons, among them the overall driving experience. But Porsche is still committed to reducing C02 emissions beyond the Taycan and upcoming Macan EV.
We learned a few months ago about the automaker's plans to implement synthetic fuels, aka eFuels. While eFuels can't alone reduce fleet emissions, they can certainly help and, at the same time, provide a lifeline for high-performance combustion-engined vehicles. The Porsche 911 is the ideal candidate and according to Germany's Automobilwoche, the world's favorite rear-engined sports car will solely run on synthetic fuels from 2024.
"If we make good progress, all new 911 Carrera sold worldwide could be supplied with 100 percent eFuels as early as 2024," said Michael Steiner, a member of the Porsche board for research and development. If Porsche meets this goal, it will become the first automaker to sell a synthetic fuel-only combustion model. The report also indicates Porsche is moving fast to make this happen in only three years. This fuel type is also expected to use in Porsche's motorsport programs.
A pilot program in southern Chile for a new eFuel plant is already in the approval phase with the necessary authorities. Interestingly, the energy required to produce the synthetic fuels will come entirely from wind power, the key reason why the Patagonia region was selected because it's hit with strong winds from Antarctica.
"Porsche stands by the Paris climate goals - especially in the area of the decarbonization of traffic. In order for us to move forward on this path as quickly as possible, we need low-emission eFuels in addition to electromobility," Steiner continued. Porsche still wants half of all new models it sells to be electrified by 2025, excluding the 911. The 718 Cayman and Boxster are expected to adopt electrification for their next major redesign, though this will be an easier transition because the mid-engine design is better suited for a heavy battery pack.
Assuming the synthetic eFuel plans proceed as scheduled, Porsche's entire lineup will also become carbon neutral.