Here are the latest Porsche News Roundup details for Sunday, January 8, 2023: “Very sporty” future 911 Hybrid | Porsche eFuels plant | Taycan retaining-ring recall

“Very sporty” future 911 Hybrid foretold by Porsche Chief Oliver Blume

PORSCHE SEEMS TO BE ALL-IN on the electromobility arms race. But an all-electric Porsche 911? Are you serious?! Sacrilege. That’s 100 times worse than picante sauce from New York City. Say it ain’t so, Joe! 

Well, our name isn’t Joe, but we’re here to tell you that it ain’t so…at least not yet.

But what is so is Porsche AG’s greenlighting of a “very sporty” future 911 Hybrid. And so intimates Porsche Chief Oliver Blume during an interview with Car Magazine recently. Sign of the times. Even Porsche can’t help but go with the flow (read: impetuous torrent) headlong toward electrifying personal mobility. (Got hydrogen? Anyone…?)

How is Porsche going to power its “very sporty” future 911 Hybrid?

Endeavoring to navigate this imperiled road paved with good intentions, Porsche has acquiesced in developing “a very sporty hybridization to the 911.” Thank goodness, at least, that Porsche plans to employ self-charging hybridization evolved from the original technology found in its Le Mans-winning 919 Hybrid race car.

This is in stark contrast to pursuing the bloated PHEV (plug-in hybrid electric vehicle) mode of electrification, which is the prevailing grossly overweight propulsion approach currently.

Porsche is on pace to garner annual sales of 80 percent consisting of its EVs and hybrids by the end of this decade. The slated 911 hybrid slots right in to this strategic trajectory.

Is an all-electric Porsche 911 possible?

Oh, and about that all-electric Porsche 911 we opened with, Porsche, as such, maintains that an electric 911 iteration won’t emerge on the scene until the early 2030s. In fact, during the aforementioned Car Magazine confab, Mr. Blume reassured, “Talking about the 911, it will be the model which we will drive as long as we can with a combustion engine.”

Yesssss. There is an ICS god . . .

Porsche eFuels plant opens in Chile, South America

PORSCHE’S FIRST eFUELS PLANT was officially opened on December 20, 2022. Porsche AG key board members oversaw the ribbon-cutting of its eFuels “Haru Oni” pilot plant in Punta Arenas, Chile, South America.

Is Porsche partnering with any other companies to produce its eFuel?

Specifically, Porsche and its international partners are collaborating with Highly Innovative Fuels (HIF), the Chilean operating company in this unprecedented monumental endeavor — the industrial production to create unheard-of carbon-neutral synthetic combustion fuels.

How is Porsche creating its eFuel?

Instead of using corn, coal, or natural gas to synthesize a fuel, this latest iteration involves 21st Century “alchemy.” Porsche’s process consists of a concoction of carbon dioxide and water to create — via wind energy — a nearly CO2-neutral synthetic fuel to power internal combustion engines (ICE).

Is Porsche concentrating on eFuel or electric cars, or both?

Porsche’s strategy is committing to blazing a “double-e path” of energy: producing both EV “electromobility” and eFuels as complementary technologies. The goal of the latter innovation, naturally, is to mass-produce its eFuel to dramatically reduce CO2 emissions in tandem with e-mobility.

Porsche, of course, is not alone in this groundbreaking endeavor. Other companies and entities, such as Porsche parent Volkswagen, Lamborghini and Aston Martin, are helming their own efforts to produce synthetic eFuels.

Porsche issues Taycan retaining-ring recall

PORSCHE RECALLS select Taycan vehicles. The culprit: loose retaining rings on the front pneumatic spring struts. More specifically, the root cause is a notch atop part of the air suspension strut.

What is the cause of the Taycan retaining-ring recall?

The loose retaining-ring recall involves the following: The faulty notch may trigger the retaining ring to dislodge and come loose. The result: Sudden loss of air — causing a dislodged strut. Besides feeling or perhaps not feeling the jolt caused by this dislocation, the telltale sign could be illumination of a warning message in the digital instrument display, alerting the driver to an air-suspension malfunction.

What Taycan models are affected by the retaining-ring recall?

The Porsche recall entails 28 potential Taycans. The vehicles affected involve build dates ranging from July 27th, 2021, to November 12th, 2021. The recall zeroes in on the 2021 model year Taycans, involving the Taycan, Taycan 4S, Taycan Turbo S, Taycan 4 Cross Turismo, and Taycan 4S Cross Turismo.

What is Porsche doing to address the Taycan retaining-ring recall?

Porsche received notification of the issue in November 2022, after rising reports of dislodged struts.

Porsche alerted U.S. dealerships of the recall on December 22, 2022. Affected Taycan owners and lessees will be notified of the retaining-ring recall by first-class Porsche-branded mail on February 10, 2023.

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