Is Porsche About To Introduce An Electric 911?

Earlier today, Porsche confirmed that it would put a version of the stunning Mission E Concept into production before the end of the decade. It's not that surprising since Porsche never really builds a concept car just to build a concept car. They do it to preview a production car.

(This post has been updated following new information)

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And while the Mission E is its own model, we have a hunch that it'll actually lay the groundwork for an electric 911, along with other Porsche sports cars. Here's why. 

Executives from Porsche are careful to call it an electric sports car. The release says the car will be "the first all-electrically powered four-seat sports car in the brand's history."  Porsche will build this electric car at its Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen factory, where a $1 billion investment will be made for a new paint shop, new assembly plant, and the expansion of the engine factory to develop electric motors. 1000 jobs will also be added.

Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen is where the 911, Cayman, Boxster, and 918 are constructed. Porsche sedans and SUVs are built in its Leipzig plant. If this were going to foreshadow the future of Porsche sedans and SUVs, you'd expect that the facilities for full electric powertrains would be added to Leipzig. 

Instead, the upgrades are happening in Zuffenhausen, the home of the Porsche sports car. Adding the facilities to Zuffenhausen is a signal that electrification is a very important part of Porsche's sports car future. Porsche says that the Mission E makes "a clear statement about the future of the brand." That future is electric and it's only a matter of time until there's an electric 911, Cayman, and Boxster. 

But Porsche's plan is to introduce the Mission E around 2020. Guess what? Porsche should also be due to introduce an entirely new 911 right around that time.

Interesting.

A source at Porsche told us that the Mission E would be a standalone model that is smaller than the Panamera, totally separate from the 911. That makes sense, since the architecture needed to make an electric car would would be vastly different than anything they offer now.

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When we first saw the Mission E, we immediately thought that it was a preview of the next 911 disguised as a small four door. Now, with Porsche adding upgrades to the plant where the 911 is made to build electric cars, Porsche deliberately calling the production version of the Mission E a four seat sports car and not a sedan, and the timing of the release of the electric car make us think that this might be the start of an electrified 911.

And then people can finally start complaining about what's powering a 911 all over again.

Source : http://www.roadandtrack.com/new-cars/future-cars/news/a27526/porsche-mission-e/

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