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Porsche’s Legendary 911 to Remain Sole Survivor of Automaker’s Combustion Models

The automaker plans to electrify its compact SUV Macan first, followed by the 718 sports car.

Porsche's Legendary 911 to Remain Sole Survivor of Automaker's Combustion Models

Porsche has unveiled its ambitious plan to significantly electrify its vehicle lineup, targeting electric vehicles (EVs) to account for 80% of its sales by 2030. This strategy includes making its iconic 911 model the sole remaining internal-combustion engine model. The automaker’s approach has attracted considerable attention due to its investment in e-fuels and its advocacy for post-2035 sales of these vehicles in the EU.

Porsche is widely associated with e-fuels due to its investment in Chilean energy company HIF Global. The company plans to electrify its popular models, starting with the compact SUV Macan, followed by the 718 sports car and the Cayenne. Notably, Porsche’s e-fuel initiative is separate from its electric vehicle plans. E-fuels are produced from captured carbon dioxide and renewably generated hydrogen, with proponents arguing that their combustion is carbon-neutral.

Karl Dums, Porsche e-fuels team leader, clarified that HIF Global’s e-fuels primarily target the aviation industry and heavy vehicles, as the majority of passenger cars are expected to transition to electric power. The Porsche 911, constituting 13% of the brand’s sales in 2022, is an exception to this trend. Dums emphasized that the automaker aims to continue producing the 911 with an internal-combustion engine for as long as possible.

While Porsche and Ferrari have lobbied for an EU e-fuels exemption, these fuels are expected to have a limited role, primarily in niche, high-end models. Major automakers have already committed substantial resources to electrification, with over $1.2 trillion invested, whereas e-fuel startups, focused mainly on aviation fuel, have received less than $1 billion in funding.

Similarly, smaller luxury car manufacturers like Morgan Motor Co and Briggs Automotive Company (BAC) aim to cater to affluent customers interested in high-performance e-fuel-powered combustion-engine models. Morgan, renowned for its handcrafted vehicles, plans to introduce an electric model in the near future, but CEO Massimo Fumarola expects demand for e-fuel-powered cars to persist beyond 2035. On the other hand, BAC, known for customizable race cars, has seen little interest from its customers in EVs.

Porsche’s electrification strategy and the broader trends within the automotive industry reflect the profound shifts underway as companies adapt to changing consumer preferences, environmental regulations, and technological advancements. While e-fuels may play a limited role in specific market segments, the predominant focus remains on the transition to electric mobility, pushing major automakers and luxury brands alike to rethink their product offerings and long-term strategies.

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