Dieselgate's silver lining?
Speaking with Reuters at the ongoing 2017 Geneva Motor Show, Porsche’s sales boss, Detlev von Plate, admitted the Stuttgart-based marque is analysing the prospects of doing an all-electric Macan. Not only that, but even the 911 might be electrified by getting a hybrid version at some point in the future.
In the aftermath of the messy (and costly) Dieselgate, the Volkswagen Group has pledged to massively invest in the development of eco-friendly powertrains. Numerous hybrids and full electric models are on their way, and Detlev von Plate hinted the Macan crossover is a suitable candidate to receive the EV treatment. During the interview in Switzerland, the man in charge of sales revealed the company’s smallest crossover “is of course a model line we can imagine” for being electrified.
He also sees a future for a hybridised 911 and similar versions of the more affordable 718 Boxster & 718 Cayman duo. If green-lighted for production, these would join the automaker’s already available crop of hybrid derivatives of the Panamera and Cayenne models.
By far the most important member of Porsche’s “green” family is going to be the Mission E set to come out around 2019. To have it ready until then, the company is creating more than 1,400 new jobs and is investing a whopping €700 million (about £611m) to establish a new assembly plant and inaugurate a paint shop. Porsche’s Weissach R&D centre in charge of the saloon's development will receive some of the funding, while part of the investment will be put to good use in the expansion of the body shop and engine factory.
Codenamed “J1,” the Mission E will be a follow-up of the namesake concept from where it will largely borrow the design and technical specifications. Look for a range of more than 300 miles and a pair of electric motors delivering a combined output in excess of 600hp all wrapped up in a gorgeous saloon.