Porsche as a car company is in an interesting spot. On one hand you have them building hybrid cars such as the Cayenne Hybrid and the 918 Spyder. While on the other hand you have them building the ultimate 911 in the 911 GT2 RS. On top of all this it looks like Porsche will be making an all electric car in the fairly near future (this is according to a press release today and you can read more about it here) with at least the initial testing done on the Boxster.
The question is why should Porsche bother with the hybrids or electric cars when they can make some of the best non-green performance cars in the world. The main reason that Porsche is looking into these green forms of transportation is because of new U.S. government regulations that say that the average gas mileage for the car line must be 41 MPG or better by 2016. With Porsche being bought out by VW they must meet 75% of what is needed for their lineup with VW making up the difference.
These new government regulations are mainly based on the belief that we need to reduce man made carbon emissions to prevent the theory of Global Warming. One problem with this reasoning (that of course is not reported in the main stream media) is that only 3.5 percent of the current atmospheric carbon dioxide is from man made emissions (this is according to “Porsche and the Environment”, Porsche Technical bulletin WK 821 621 08 US/WW 10/2007). So, even if we removed every car and every factory from the world, it wouldn’t prevent Global Warming at all.
While I agree that using alternative forms of energy and reducing gasoline use is a good thing. I’m not sure if the U.S. government is using the correct reasoning for possibly killing the super-car as we know it. While the Porsche 918 Spyder and the 911 GT3 R Hybrid are promising for the future of the sports car, I’m not sure if any hybrid or electric car will be able to give you the same feeling as a current Porsche.
Since Porsche is a company that is able to engineer around almost any problem, we can only hope that the Porsche engineers are able to make something that makes you feel as good as a 911 or any other Porsche model. So, for now the answer to my question is “to be green”, but hopefully it will still feel right (otherwise stock up on the old models while they are still available).