Porsche to build hybrid car

At the Frankfurt Auto Show, Porsche’s new president and CEO, Michael Macht, announced that Porsche is ‘considering and working hard on an electric-powered sports car that would meet the high demands of the Porsche brand’.

“I am also convinced that one day Porsche will have an electric sports car in its line-up,” said Macht. While he cautioned that so far the available battery technology is not “sufficient to meet Porsche’s strict requirements,” he said “our engineers are already working hard on this challenge.”

“An electric sports car would therefore only make sense for Porsche if it offers performance and a cruising range similar to that of current sports cars in the market,” he said. “We are therefore taking the first step in this direction with a full hybrid – in the Cayenne, the Panamera and maybe in the not too distant future also in a racing car or a production 911. Why not?”

Macht said that Porsche has a long legacy with hybrid technology as it was exactly 109 years ago that Professor Ferdinand Porsche built the first fully functioning car with hybrid technology.

And speaking about Porsche’s latest conventional model, Macht said the new four door Panamera Gran Turismo has already received thousands of orders just three days after its launch in Europe. It is due for launch in the US on October 17.

“Although the car has only been at the dealership for three days, we already have 4,500 orders for the Panamera, most of them from customers who have not even seen the car yet,” said Macht.