While speaking with Autocar at the ongoing Shanghai Motor Show 2013, Porsche’s research and development boss Wolfgang Hatz revealed that hybridisation of its SUV and sedan line-up is currently the “best solution” for the company.
With the recent release of the Porsche Panamera E-Hybrid, Hatz hopes that further hybrid sedans will be produced by Porsche with the technology then being implemented into a full hybrid Porsche Cayenne.
Fortunately, Hatz did reveal that the company’s sports car “are not ready” for hybrids and will remain driver focused in the years to come.
“I believe plug-in is the best solution for customers for the next ten years. Right now it is the ideal concept and that’s why we pushed so hard to bring it to production.
“It is the right technology for the Panamera and maybe also the Cayenne, but it is clear that the rest of our cars are not ready, they must remain true sports cars.
“For now, we can be proud of being far ahead of the opposition. You can never say we are a green company, but it does allow us to show our concerns for the environment. We understand our responsibility and that is why we have made the huge effort. Sustainability is not just a word – it needs demonstrating, and the Panamera E-Hybrid does that,” said Hatz.