Porsche has committed to a lofty electrification goal, namely, that half of all Porsches sold by 2025 will be electrified. To do this they’ve already invested 6 billion Euros into R&D.
While Porsche currently only offers a handful of plug-in hybrids, that will all change with the debut of the Taycan at the Frankfurt Motor Show this September.
Thanks to some well-connected customers, here’s what we know about Porsche’s future rollout of electric and electrified cars.
Confirmed: 2019 Porsche Taycan Debut
With its reveal in September, the very first deliveries of the Taycan will start in Q4 of this year. Many US dealers are reportedly holding wait-lists of 80 or more deposits from early Taycan adopters. Some dealerships have north of 120 deposits.
That might not sound like a staggering number, but with 191 US dealers, at 80 deposits each, that’s over 15,000 possible sales. And that’s just in the US.
Initially Porsche planned to build just 20,000 Taycans but announced earlier this year it would increase that number to 40,000 to meet demand. Knowing what we do now about dealership deposits, this number isn’t surprising.
What isn’t clear yet is what versions the car will be offered in. We expect there to be a standard (base) and S model, as well as a Turbo. Reports suggest other versions are coming. But more on that later.
Confirmed: 2020 Porsche Taycan CrossTurismo Debut
Arriving in 2020, the Taycan CrossTurismo (a raised-height wagon version of the Taycan) will match pretty much everything the sedan model has. It should be available in Q4 of 2020 with the bulk of deliveries happening in early 2021.
It’s not clear if dealers are taking deposits for the CrossTurismo yet. There’s no word on if a SportTurismo (standard ride-height wagon) version will be offered, even though we have seen spy photos of just such a car.
Confirmed: 2021/22 Porsche Macan EV
The third fully-electric model in Porsche’s lineup will be the Macan. Sort of.
The car is set to be built alongside the next-generation gas-powered Macan, although it’s expected to get a unique name.
Rumor: 2022 Taycan Turbo S, Taycan GTS
As discussed earlier, reports suggest that Porsche will keep the Taycan frenzy alive by rolling out more versions of its electric flagship. A Taycan GTS would be a rear-drive only version of the car, sporting just slightly more power, but reduced weight.
A Taycan Turbo S would arrive roughly around the same time with as much as 700-hp!
Planned: 2022 Porsche 911 (992) Hybrid
Surprisingly, the biggest question mark in Porsche’s lineup when it comes to the brand’s electrification strategy revolves around the quintessential Porsche – the 911.
Porsche execs have admitted the new 992 platform is capable of housing a hybrid powertrain and was designed for it. One of the big questions will be if it will be a hybrid or plug-in hybrid. We’re betting on the latter.
Currently the Panamera hybrid models use an electric motor that adds 136 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. We expect a 911 Hybrid to deliver more than that with a fully-electric range of around 25 miles.
Look for the 911’s hybridization to begin with the 992.2 mid-cycle refresh
Rumor: 2022/23 Electric 718 Boxster/Cayman
Next on the list of electrified Porsche’s will be its entry level sports car. Or should we say sports cars. Both the 718 Boxster and Cayman are in the plan to get electrified, although the exact form isn’t yet known.
Porsche has said they are testing both fully-electric and plug-in hybrid versions of the vehicle and could opt to not offer a fully-electric version after all. The reason being that the smaller size of the vehicle means it just doesn’t have the space necessary to hold a battery of the size required to make it a useable daily driver.
Rumor: 2025/26 Fully Electric 918 Successor
The final (known) update to Porsche’s electrification strategy will (allegedly) be a successor to the 918 Spyder. That car ushered in Porsche’s electric capabilities with a 4.6-liter V8 mated to a plug-in hybrid system delivering a total system output of 875-hp and 944 lb-ft of torque.
A fully-electric successor is reportedly in the works and there’s good reason to believe it’s true.
Forgetting the need for a halo EV, there’s a solid business case to be made as well, with Prosche owning a 10% stake in Czech hypercar manufacturer Rimac, which builds its own exotic EVs, including the C_Two which makes almost 2,000-hp!