The Volkswagen group every year conducts an annual conference in which they discuss the state of things, but this year it was more like a preview than update of things. This happened because Ulrich Hackenberg, the head of the R&D of VW came up with some previously not known tidbits on Porsche at the presentation: Perplexing-Porsche is foraying into the hydrogen fuel cell and fully electric vehicles but appears logical.
What did Hackenberg say? He showed more than he talked, and Autocar managed to acquire the shot of the presentation, and the slide in question reveals the future plans of VW for full electrics, fuel-cell vehicles, plug-in hybrid, and hybrids. One of the slides show a row of cars consisting of Volkswagen vehicles, Porsche and Audi products and another slide exclusively shows the Porsche stuff. The Porsche slide show the present models of Panamera S E Hybrid, Cayenne S E-Hybrid, and also two placeholder space left for one “fuel-cell electric vehicle” and “battery electric vehicle”.
Actually the Volkswagen and Audi brand will also get a fuel cell car too, and at present both these have electric vehicles in their lineup in the guise of Audi R8 e-tron and VW e-Golf. The new Porsche is not offered a time frame but we should acknowledge that the move by Porsche to get an EV is not at all surprising. It has been many years since Porsche displayed three prototypes consisting of Boxsters equipped with electric Powertrain and an electric 918 Spyder supercar. However you can expect Porsche not to produce a boring electric vehicle, but a fuel-cell car? Even the Hyundais and Toyotas have been bullish on the issue as there is no comprehensive infrastructure
Last year at the Los Angeles show Volkswagen showed a fuel-cell, but it was clear from the onset that if it reaches production it will be exclusive for Los Angeles only. This may be true to the Porsche if it comes off.