The 911 is the sports car icon and drives around with a hissing 6-cylinder. But Porsche wants to change that and develop an electric version of the 911!
In autumn 2021 the time had come: For the first time, Porsche sold more Taycans than 911s (the Taycan also forms the basis for the Audi RS e-tron). A changing of the guard, because for the first time more well-heeled sports car buyers opted for a quietly humming, purely electrically powered Porsche than for a viciously hissing 911 with a 6-cylinder petrol engine. You can read more about this in this report: Porsche Taycan outsells Porsche 911 for the first time.
Up until now, the combustion engine was the norm for the 911, the classic from Zuffenhausen. A 6-cylinder has always powered this sports car classic. First air-cooled (a legacy of the Porsche 356), then with contemporary water cooling. Here you will find a detailed overview of the development of the 911ers: All 8 sports car generations in words and pictures.
But now Porsche boss Oliver Blume is thinking aloud about electrifying the 911. This is reported by Manager Magazin, among others. Accordingly, Porsche is already developing a 911 version with electric drive and
solid state battery
as power storage. However, this E variant is not intended to completely replace the combustion engine, but rather to supplement it. The potential 911 buyer would then have the choice between a 911 with a combustion engine and a 911 with an electric drive. This E-911 should be available before the end of this decade.
Solid state batteries as a game changer
For the solid-state battery, Porsche is working with the Californian startup Quantumscape. Porsche has a stake in Quantumscape. The aim is to develop a solid-state battery that enables a particularly long range.
However, solid-state batteries for e-cars are still a thing of the future. Currently, the usual lithium-ion batteries in cars still use a liquid electrolyte. A solid-state battery, on the other hand, uses a solid electrolyte, as VW explains. It is the next step in the ongoing development of battery technology. The advantages according to VW: “The energy density is higher, the batteries are therefore smaller, offer even more safety and can be charged faster.” is. This saves space and weight. They can achieve significantly more charging cycles, do not self-degrade or overheat and offer a more homogeneous power distribution.”
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