• Jul 1st 2009 at 4:18PM
  • 10
eRuf Greenster - Click above for high-res image gallery

In an interview with German magazine Motor Zeitung, Porsche's R&D director Wolfgang Dürheimer discussed the possibility of electrifying the iconic 911 sports car. Legendary Porsche tuners Ruf first showed a battery-powered prototype 911 called the eRuf last fall and then revealed a second-generation version (pictured) at the Geneva Motor Show in March. The eRuf Greenster was a major improvement over the original and Dürheimer praised the achievement of the smaller company.

Dürheimer doesn't rule out an electrified sports car in the future, but feels the technology is not quite ready for Porsche prime-time. The problem revolves around the size and weight of the batteries, and even discarding the conventional powertrain leaves the Greenster with a deficit of at least 500 pounds compared to a normal 911... and no luggage space to boot. As battery technology progresses, however, we can certainly expect a battery-powered sports car to emerge from Zuffenhausen in due course.

[Source: Motor Zeitung]
Photos Copyright ©2009 Sam Abuelsamid / Weblogs, Inc.

I'm reporting this comment as:

Reported comments and users are reviewed by Autoblog staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guideline. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.

    • 1 Second Ago
      • 6 Years Ago
      I guess they won't need to put lead under the front bumper...
      • 6 Years Ago
      • 6 Years Ago
      If you can build the Cayenne then making the 911 electric doesn't seem that bad. o_0
      • 6 Years Ago
      This car does seem pretty good idea on paper, but a 500 hundred pound increase there is no way it should be in production!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Electric is the future; current methods of generating that electricity are not.

        But once an infrastructure for electrically-powered cars goes mainstream, those methods can evolve at their own pace--the cars don't care whether the juice on the grid they're plugging into came from wind, solar, or coal.

        That said, I suspect that even today, an all-electric fleet would be more efficient than an all-gas fleet. One coal plant produces x unit of energy more efficiently than several thousand combustion engines, especially when you factor in the energy expended to refine and transport petroleum fuel, etc.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I rather chosse flat-6 engine over batteries and electric motors
      • 6 Years Ago
      Any car can be made to a electric car, its just that somebody needs to do it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      But what will this electronic technological terror end up costing? I'll take a nice base 911 over any electric version every day of the week.
      • 6 Years Ago
      That car makes me crave some green Tic-Tacs for some reason.
    Share This Photo X