Porsche confirms 911 plug-in hybrid in the works

After several unconfirmed reports, Porsche has finally confirmed that it is working on a plug-in hybrid version of the 911. At the Detroit Auto Show, Erhard Mössle, the 911 turbo’s engineering head, confirmed that the hybrid 911 is in the works.

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After several unconfirmed reports, Porsche has finally confirmed that it is working on a plug-in hybrid version of the 911. At the Detroit Auto Show, Erhard Mössle, the 911 turbo’s engineering head, confirmed that the hybrid 911 is in the works.
“It takes some time to bring something like this to market,” Mössle stated. “With the packaging problems of the car, there are a lot of things to solve before then.” Because of the extra engineering needed to house the battery pack and other electric components, the plug-in hybrid 911 isn’t expected until the next-generation 911 arrives around 2020.

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One of Porsche’s biggest hurdles is to keep the weight of the 911 plug-in hybrid down, even with the heavy battery pack and electric motor. Porsche is currently ruling out the use of large amounts of carbon fiber, due to cost reasons.

Source: Autocar