Without solving it a hybrid won't be possible.
Much has been written about the hybrid Porsche 911, which is slated to arrive no earlier than 2022. The all-new 992 generation was only recently revealed and Porsche wants to ensure the beloved 911 Carreras receive enough time in the spotlight. Good thing too because a hybrid variant is still not ready. In fact, Motor Authority has learned that there's still a major technical hurdle that needs to be solved: the battery. Speaking to the about to retire August Achleitner, aka "Mister 911", it was revealed that there's still internal debate in Stuttgart about that essential component.
"The battery is the main question for the car. It has to be solved, together with the need of power output out of the battery because this influences the whole performance of the car," Achleitner said.
Basically, the issue boils down to whether the battery will be used as a regular hybrid battery or a plug-in hybrid. Previously, it was assumed the plug-in route was the final decision following remarks made by Porsche boss Oliver Blume.
As Volkswagen recently did in its last-minute decision not to hybridize the next Golf GTI, Porsche still has some time to decide. Opting for the hybrid route would be better for overall weight reduction, as Achleitner estimates this type of system would add half as much weight compared to a plug-in hybrid. The plug-in system alone contributes an additional 440-500 pounds of heft.
Interestingly, Achleitner admitted that Porsche doesn't even really need a 911 hybrid or plug-in hybrid for any global C02 requirements, but rather for low- and zero-emissions zones. Several major cities are planning to enact these types of zones in the next few years, and Porsche wants to make sure 911 customers won't be banned. Fortunately, any electrified 911 will produce incredible power.
"It will be the most powerful 911 we've ever had; 700 hp might be possible," Blume admitted nearly a year ago. Chances are, Porsche will opt for the plug-in route because it already has experience with this technology from the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid, which produces a combined total of 680 hp.