German automobile manufacturer Porsche announced that it will offer hybrid versions for all its models in the coming years. According to Porsche CEO Oliver Blume in an interview with German newspaper Westfalen-Blatt, a plug-in version of the Porsche 911 will be available to the public by 2018.
Blume added that while in the electric mode, the hybrid 911’s range is estimated to be at 31 miles from a single charge. The announcement follows a series of similar statements Porsche made in the recent past and is part of parent firm Volkswagen Group’s commitment to increase the availability of electric options - a calculated remedial move that it hopes could offset the negative publicity from the emissions scandal.
Just last month, Porsche made an announcement that it has allocated 1 billion euros ($1.08 billion) to upgrade its biggest plant in Stuttgart to allow it to manufacture its first all-electric sports car.
This all-electric sports car will be the production version of the recently unveiled Mission E Concept which was seen last September during the Frankfurt auto show. This production version is scheduled to be available in the market by the end of this decade. With its impressive range of over 310 miles at 600 HP, it is viewed as Porsche’s challenge to Tesla’s Model S.
Westfalen-Blatt quoted Blume as saying “an iPhone belongs in your pocket, not on the road,” which reflects Porsche’s reluctance to the idea of driverless cars. Blume added that Porsche is not contemplating of teaming up with any tech company but clarified that partnerships are generally not a bad idea if the company’s technological capability is insufficient.
He explained that Porsche is a strong company in its current market and does not have plans of venturing into the untested driverless cars market.
Porsche has a proven and reliable hybrid technology. The new Cayenne S-E Hybrid is the most recent hybrid model in Porsche’s stable. It uses a 3.0l V6 Supercharged engine that could deliver 333HP (245kW) while its electric motor can give 95HP (70kW). Another Porsche hybrid, the Panamera SE, uses the same power configuration.
This system delivers a total of 416 HP (306 kW) at 5,500 rpm and a torque of 590 Nm from 1,250 to 4,000 rpm. This power enables Porsche’s hybrid SUV, the first of its kind in this category, a top speed of 243 km/h (151 mph) and acceleration of 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.9 seconds -- impressive numbers for an SUV.
With the system installed on the smaller Cayenne S E Hybrid, the figures are even greater. Recorded top speed is at 125km/h (77mph) and it has an all-electric driving range of 18 to 36km (11 to 22miles) using the energy stored in lithium-ion battery which has a capacity of 10.8kWh. Combined fuel consumption is 3.41/100 km with CO2 emissions at a low 79 g/km.