Official: Porsche working on an electric 911

Article by Christian A., on September 17, 2009

All we know for sure is that Porsche will make an electric sports car but the carmaker has not confirmed whether a rumor that it will be version of the 911 is true.

At the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show, Porsche's new president and chief executive, Michael Macht, did not reveal which model it would be. Macht said however, that the electric sports car has to meet the high performance standards of the Porsche brand.

Given the impressive statistics of the SLS eDrive, an electric Porsche should accomplish that. Macht also said that the company is aiming for its electric vehicle to offer a range similar to that of current sports cars.

Currently, battery technology doesn't yet meet Porsche's strict requirements but that its engineers are already working hard on this challenge. Macht said that within a few years from today, Porsche will take the first step to build an electric car by introducing a Cayenne and Panamera hybrid.

If you remember, it was Ferdinand Porsche who built the first fully functioning hybrid car 109 years ago. Macht was unable to give a production date but he didn't rule out the possibility of a 911 hybrid as a stopgap solution.

The original 911 was produced as the successor to the carmaker’s first model Porsche 356, but it was able to gain a name of its own thanks to its speed on the road. Compared to the 356, the 911 was developed to be more powerful, larger and more comfortable. Porsche unveiled the new sports car to the public at the 1963 Frankfurt Motor Show.

The Porsche 911 was initially dubbed as the Porsche 901 when it was first rolled out in 1963. But the rights to using a zero in the middle of a three-digit car designation already belonged to Peugeot. As an alternative, Porsche decided to rename the 901 a year later, to 911, replacing the “zero” with “one.”

Now in its sixth generation, the 911 continues to appeal to young customers through its sportiness. Even after six generations, the Porsche 911 still have a number of physical and spiritual attributes that transformed it into a global icon.

Based in Stuttgart, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany, Porsche AG – formally Dr.-Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG – is engaged in the manufacture of high-performance sports cars. In 2007, Porsche reformed its structure with it becoming a holding company as Porsche Automobil Holding SE (Porsche SE) and establishing a new company -- Porsche AG – as in charge of its operating activities.

Porsche SE became a holding company for the Porsche families' stake in Porsche Zwischenholding GmbH (50.1 percent) and Volkswagen AG (50.76 percent).

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