Last week Porsche cleared up ambiguity as to whether it will make a plug-in hybrid 911, though a model yet to be fully greenlighted won’t be here overnight.

Assuming plans the company’s CEO Oliver Blume verified go forward, look for it somewhere around 2023 when the brand’s top model gets a mid-cycle refresh on the next generation version – which itself should launch around 2019.

“It will be very important for the 911 to have a plug-in hybrid,” said Blume to Automotive News at an event at the Los Angeles Auto Show. While the final approval has yet to be given, Blume said it’s “my opinion that we will go for it.”

Citing improved batteries on the horizon, Blume said a 47-Ah system allowing up to 43 miles of EV driving could be possible for the rear-engine car that needs to keep weight acceptably trim.

Previously Porsche had said it was only exploring plug-ins, but not at all satisfied with compromises in performance that could include excess weight, insufficient range for its goals, and more.

“The potential is very good with the new generation of batteries,” said Blume.

Reports of plug-in Porsche 911s have gone out before, and the company is building a purpose-built Model S competitor called the Mission E.

As part of the VW Group, it is otherwise being swept by a tide of internal reform in the wake of dieselgate, and in light of increasingly stringent emissions regulations.

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