There’s no stopping the increasing popularity of electric vehicles across the globe. Nevertheless, a lot of people are still into internal combustion and do not want that to become extinct. However, if Porsche is right, the future of performance could possibly be more silent. Klaus Zellner, Porsche’s President and CEO of North America spoke to Green Car Reports in Los Angeles and he said that hybrid technologies have brought more new buyers to Porsche showrooms more than any other models they have sold.
In the same interview, he said that the automaker expects half of its global sales volume to come from plug-in hybrids by 2025. In fact, this figure seems a lot more than what people might expect. It is also more aggressive than estimates from Porsche’s cousins at Audi, where 25 percent of global sales are expected to be of the hybrid variety for 2025 as well.
But for this to actually happen, Porsche will have to develop and offer more plug-in hybrid models. As of today, it is just the Panamera and the Cayenne that have such technology. In the near future, the Mission E will be part of the lineup, but this will instead rely solely on the electric power to provide its punch. And for other hybrid offerings, Zellner did not further expound on this matter, though he did talk about the other requirement for stronger plug-in hybrid and electric sales, and this is the car’s ability to recharge.
Moreover, Porsche’s president mentioned that they will soon be working on an 800-volt fast-charging system that can operate at up to 350 kilowatts. In as short as 20 minutes, the car will be able to charge itself up to 80 percent. Of course, Porsche dealerships would make use of fast charging systems for these. And at the same time, they will also be seeking to increase charging stations in places where traffic is higher, such as hotels and restaurants, making EV car owners worry less about where they could charge their vehicles. Having said that, there is also the ongoing Electrify America project by Volkswagen, which is designed to beef up the charging infrastructure in the United States of the course of ten years.
So here is what we have to say to internal combustion fans right now. Make the most of your time with your flat-six engines right now and enjoy its sounds because the changes will arrive sooner than you think. It seems like the future will be a little more silent with battery-operated vehicles, according to performance car manufacturers like Porsche.