Autocar reported in October that the expected lift-back model, based on the Panamera Sport Turismo concept and dubbed ‘Pajun’ in the press (for ‘Panamera Junior’), would offer an all-electric version.
But unlike the Model S, the new Porsche sedan was also expected to offer petrol and diesel engines when (or if) it eventually appeared in showrooms.
Now, the same UK mag has revealed Porsche development boss Wolfgang Hatz has dismissed the reports, saying an all-electric version isn’t possible at present.
“We are a sports car firm, and that brings with it certain expectations,” Mr Hatz said.
“A Tesla is a fine car, but you cannot drive it enthusiastically without losing range or performance too quickly. Until the technology offers a solution to those problems, we will not be looking at launching such a car.”
Mr Hatz said Porsche was “leading the way” with plug-in hybrid drivelines, and that the carmaker’s customers are happy to adopt the technology.
Development on all-electric Porsche Boxster test cars continues however, in a joint program with German authorities.