Porsche To Expand Hybrid Models

Acid Green brake calipers will sprout on more Porsches in the next couple of years.

Detlev von Platen, Porsche’s head of sales and marketing, indicated to Reuters on Tuesday at the Geneva Auto Show that the company is looking at more ways to bring hybrid and all-electric powertrains to its lineup.

Following close on the heels of the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Sport Turismo introduced this week, von Platen hinted that the company’s Macan “is of course a model line we can imagine” for electrification. The Macan would then join its larger sibling, the Cayenne, which is already available in a hybrid version. The Cayenne was the first of Porsche’s mainstream models to gain a hybrid version after the 918 Spyder supercar of 2013-2015.

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All versions of the Porsche E-Hybrid system are now plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. The celebrated Mission E concept of 2016 is leading to all-electric models as well. Known as “J1” internally, the production version of the Mission E is slated for introduction around 2020. Porsche is beefing up personnel and R&D in anticipation of the new era of EVs, with $1.1 billion in total investment dedicated to the all-electric effort.

Speculation continues about bringing hybrid technology to the 911 and the Boxster/Cayman duo. For the moment, however, Porsche appears focused on its larger platforms.

Sales in 2016 were a record 238,000 units, and von Platen believes that increased global demand for Porsche’s offerings could boost its sales to 300,000 by 2020.

Reuters


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