Small preamble: yes, almost all manufacturers announce that they are moving towards a 100% electric future. But behind the scenes, sometimes off the microphone – and more and more officially, in fact – these same manufacturers confirm that they do not fully believe in a future composed solely of electric cars. The reasons are diverse. Renewable energy production needs to be scaled up in earnest, and charging infrastructure needs to grow rapidly. We must also make sure to produce enough electricity so that everyone can charge their electric vehicle. Finally, when we write "everyone", we still have to find solutions for those who live in apartments, without access to a charging station or a charging socket ... That being said, let's come to Porsche, this manufacturer of sports cars whose very wide range includes coupes, convertibles, SUVs, sedans, station wagons and supercars.
By 2025, the German brand wants to sell 50% of electrified cars, whether fully electric or plug-in hybrid. Then, by 2030, it aims to sell 80% of fully electric vehicles. Does this mean that by 2035 they will go to 100% electric cars sold? The answer is not so simple.
On the one hand, let us recall that in 2026, Europe has planned to analyze whether its obligation to sell electric cars in 2035 can really be applied. A "review" clause allows, as its name suggests, to review the text... On the other hand, Porsche is formal on one subject: they do not want the mythical 911, the Porsche that everyone knows, whether small or large, to become 100% electric. Porsche must electrify it to avoid paying fines for excess CO2 emissions. But the "911 hybrid" plans are constantly postponed because German engineers have to find the perfect compromise between reducing CO2 emissions and sportiness. And as you surely know, electrification brings this enemy of sportiness: weight. Concretely, the 911 hybrid will not be rechargeable, and therefore not too heavy. It is expected for this year or 2024.
Another interesting case: the latest concept car unveiled by the brand, the Vision 357. Based on the Cayman GT4 RS and its 6-cylinder petrol engine of 500 horsepower, it pays tribute to the first Porsche, the 356. And it thrives on the... e-fuel! In other words, synthetic fuel, designed to be carbon neutral. Porsche could have chosen to present an electric concept car, as almost all other manufacturers do. Well, no, and it's a strong message.
Porsche believes that synthetic fuels will reduce the CO2 emissions bill for sports cars, old ones but also in motorsport. This does not prevent the most successful brand at the 24 Hours of Le Mans from being present in Formula E (electric F1), from winning races, but also from developing electric prototypes such as the incredible Cayman GT4 e-Performance, or the very nice Mission R, mother of the future 718 Boxster and Cayman fully electric ...
You see, when we wonder if the future will be totally electric, the answer is not so simple and on this subject, the ink is still likely to flow abundantly for many years...
What we already know about the electric Porsche Macan
The Macan SUV is preparing to hit the roads in 2024 in a fully electric and completely redesigned version. He began his career alongside the gasoline Macan we know. Coming to life on a platform developed with Audi (the PPE), the electric Macan will develop up to 612 horsepower with a gigantic torque of more than 1,000 Nm. It will be offered with both rear-wheel drive and 4x4. Porsche promises a maximum range greater than that of the Taycan, more than 500 km. In fast charging, it will be able to recover from 5 to 80% of battery in 25 minutes. To take care of his behavior, he will inherit rear steering wheels. It will take that to forget its weight that the brand promises us less than... 2.5 tons!
- Sports cars
- Electric car
- Energy transition