Automakers from around the world, Porsche included, are electrifying existing nameplates or introducing fresh designs that are partially or completely powered by batteries. However, when it comes to an all-electric 911, the German automaker is still denying the very possibility. However, now that it seems like Porsche is working in the background to come up with a 911 EV, we’ve brought along a rendering portraying a fictional concept that would build a bridge between the potential development and the company’s highly successful EV, the Taycan.
Porsche already sells the Taycan in five-door and wagon form, with the latter being split between the jacked-up Cross Turismo range and the road-hugging Sport Turismo derivative used for the GTS version.
This 3D work delivers a Taycan Coupe and achieves it by removing the middle section of the factory Turismo versions (the one where the rear doors would be). In addition, the third side window of the Porsche is extended forward to meet the doors.
Digital artist Sugarchow (aka sugardesign_1), who is responsible for the creation, had previously experimented with the idea by mixing the Taycan and the 911. However, the resulting creation packed the sports car’s sloping roofline and most of its posterior, whereas the new development is more practical, thanks to the Taycan’s roof boosting rear seat and luggage space.
As mentioned above, this is but a virtual concept preparing us for the introduction of an all-electric 911, which, as we’ll see below, seems inevitable at this point.
Porsche is rumored to be working on a 911 EV already
And, if we look at the automaker’s 2021 sales figures, we’ll notice that Porsche delivered just over 300,000 units globally last year, with the Taycan lineup accounting for 41,296 units, which allowed it to outsell the 911.
As a result, during a recent financial announcement, Porsche CEO Oliver Blume shared the company’s updated electrification goals, which culminate with an 80% share by 2030.
“In 2025, 50% of new Porsche sales are expected to come from electric vehicles [battery-powered or hybrid]. In 2030, the share of all new vehicles with an all-electric drive should be more than 80%,” Blume explained.
So far, we know that the Taycan will soon be joined by an all-electric Macan crossover, while the 718 mid-engined sportscar family will follow suit later in the decade.
However, while back in 2018 Blume stated that a fully electrified 911 would never come, the carmaker’s booming EV sales might change that. Meanwhile, we’ll remind you that a hybrid version has been recently re-confirmed and will land in 2023 at the earliest when the 992.2 mid-cycle revamp of the Neunelfer is introduced—here’s the prototype testing during a recent Nurburgring session.
To be more precise, Porsche is reportedly working on a 911 EV that will rely on solid-state batteries. These offer superior energy density to the current hardware, thus addressing the two greatest drawbacks of all-electric vehicles, namely added weight and limited range. And, in the case of the 911 sports car, the first is the main barrier against complete electrification.
The plan is being discussed in an article from Germany’s Manager Magazin. The story talks about Porsche collaborating with American solid-state battery developer Quantumscape on using the next-gen tech for its vehicles. It’s also worth noting that Porsche’s parent company Volkswagen is the dominant shareholder in Quantumscape.
However, Porsche had previously showcased its commitment to maintaining the 911 on the market in the internal combustion form that’s now been gracing our roads for almost six decades. And, to do that for more than a few years, the company is investing in research related to synthetic fuels. Porsche calls these eFuels and is using renewable energy to produce them by using CO2 and hydrogen, even though there’s still a long way to go before proving their emission efficiency in the real world.