At Porsche, electrification is not only a way to boost efficiency, but also to improve performance.
In a new promo video released on its official YouTube account, Porsche is presenting its E-Performance family consisting of cars that benefit from electrical assistance. Out of a total of five vehicles, there are only two you can buy and legally drive on public roads today: the Cayenne S E-Hybrid and the all-new Panamera 4 E-Hybrid. As for the other three, the 918 Spyder is no longer in production, the 919 is restricted to the track, while the stunning Mission E is only a concept at this point.
All of them have something in common, electrification as a way to enhance efficiency and performance at the same time. The Mission E is perhaps the most interesting of them all taking into account it is all-electric and we already know it will morph into a production car towards the end of the decade. Not only will it carry over most of the concept’s specifications, but it will also keep just about the same design. Set to be built in Zuffenhausen as a result of a €700M investment, the zero-emissions Porsche will also enable the creation of more than 1,400 jobs.
Porsche’s EV lineup might also grow in the years to come to include a crossover taking into account our spies caught on camera at the beginning of August a high-riding Panamera test mule featuring an electric powertrain. The model has not been green-lighted for production just yet, but it would make sense in Porsche’s “E-Performance” family to go after the Tesla Model X.
As for the 911, it’s not going to receive an all-electric setup in the foreseeable future, mainly because the extra hardware necessary such as the battery pack would increase weight to the detriment of performance. In addition, the market for an electrified 911 would be too small to justify the company’s investment, so it will be a while until the legendary sports car will lose its internal combustion engine.
That being said, a hybrid 911 has already been confirmed by Porsche and most likely it’s going to be based on the 992 generation that has already been spied as a test mule ahead of a market launch either in 2019 or 2020. Even the 718 Boxster & 718 Cayman duo along with the Macan crossover will take the hybrid route in the years to come, with Porsche saying that it’s going to offer a hybrid variant in each model line.