Porsche CEO hints at Taycans increased initial production, electrified 911
Porsche appears to be set on expediting the electrification of its fleet, with CEO Olliver Blume recently noting that the company would be raising the numbers of the Taycan’s initial production due to strong demand for the vehicle. Apart from this, Blume also hinted at what could very well be the eventual release of an electrified Porsche 911.
Blume’s statements were related to weekly German business news publication WirtschaftsWoche during an interview. The CEO noted that in Norway, where Porsche usually expects to sell around 600 vehicles per year, the company had already accepted almost 3,000 reservations for its first all-electric car. With such a strong, positive reception for the vehicle, Porsche has opted to adjust the Taycan’s initial production run, which was originally set at 20,000 units per year.
“The annual production capacity is 20,000 vehicles. However, due to the positive response, we will adjust this number upwards, especially since the Cross Turismo as the first derivative of the Taycan got (the) green light for the series,” Blume said.
Earlier this year, the company announced that it is abandoning its diesel lineup, even declaring that it expects every second Porsche sold in 2025 to have an electric motor. Blume noted that the company’s electrification initiative would affect even the legacy carmaker’s classic offerings, including the iconic Porsche 911. The CEO remarked that the design of the newly-unveiled 911 is ready for electrification, and thus, a hybrid version of the vehicle would probably be released within the current iteration’s life cycle.
“The new 911 comes to the start as a gasoline engine. But it is already designed so that we can bring in a hybrid drive. Maybe in the course of its life cycle,” he said.
Apart from announcing the updates on the Taycan’s production and the 911’s likely electrification, Blume also expressed his skepticism of hydrogen-powered vehicles, such as those adopted by rivals Toyota and Mercedes-Benz. According to the CEO, battery-powered vehicles simply offer better value and performance over fuel-cell cars.
“The battery is in energy efficiency in operation three times better than hydrogen and six times better than synthetic fuels. If you include the energy-intensive production of batteries, they are still about twice as efficient as other types of drives. This applies both to the use in our two-door sports car as well as sporty sedans and our SUV,” he said.
Porsche is yet to unveil the final production design of the Taycan, though expectations are high that the release version of the electric vehicle would closely resemble the stunning Mission E sedan concept car that debuted at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. Production of the Taycan is expected to begin sometime in 2019 at a facility located at Zuffenhausen, a suburb in Stuttgart, Germany — the same factory where the company manufactures the Porsche 911. The Mission E Cross Turismo, an off-road-capable version of the Taycan, is expected to begin production in 2020.
The Porsche Taycan will not have an engine, but the company notes that the vehicle will have the ever-present “soul” found in all of its cars. Expected to compete with the Tesla Model S, the Taycan is features the legacy carmaker’s trademark performance, with the vehicle being listed with a 0-60 mph time of 3.5 seconds, a range of 310 miles per charge, and a top speed of 155 mph.