We’re all counting down the days until the production version of the Porsche Mission E arrives, but there’s one other electric Porsche that is dead in the water – the 911 plug-in hybrid. Porsche was working on a plug-in hybrid version of the next 911, but has recently decided to cancel those plans.
August Achleitner, head of 718 and 911 development revealed to Car and Driver that the 911 plug-in hybrid plans have been shelved since it came with too many compromises. For example the hybrid powertrain and its large battery would have added a lot of weight to the 911, which would ruin its driving capability. Another issue is the added cost of the plug-in hybrid, which would cut into Porsche’s profit margins.
“In the end, the disadvantages outweighed the advantages,” Achleitner stated.
Rather than create a plug-in hybrid 911, Porsche is going to focus on making the rest of the 911 lineup more fuel efficient.