The age of electrification is well and truly upon us and while that means we will see lots of exciting new electric vehicles launched in the coming decade, it also means some of our favorite ICE-powered vehicles will be killed off. Fortunately, the Porsche 911 won’t be one of them.
Last month, Porsche chief executive Oliver Blume said that while Porsche will be electrifying 80 per cent of its lineup by 2030, it has no intention of turning the 911 into an EV, and that’s music to the ears of Chris Harris.
In this video with Top Gear Magazine’s Jack Rix, Harris expresses his optimism about the future of the 911, suggesting that the coming 10 years could be among the most exciting in the history of the iconic sports car. Sure, it may adopt hybridization at some stage, but by making the rest of its vehicles fully electric, Porsche should be able to keep building combustion-powered 911s and still meet fleet-wide emissions regulations.
Harris also appears very open to the idea of synthetic fuels. Porsche is investigating heavily into them and believes they could help to keep combustion engines alive well into the future. In the UK, the government has announced a ban on the sale of all new ICE vehicles from 2030, yet Harris suggests that if synthetic fuels come along and prove to be efficient enough, some governments around the world may have to start rethinking their ban on combustion engines.