August Achleitner, the German automaker’s head of sportscar development, confirms work is progressing on a hybrid version of the powerplant that will provide the new 911 with the capability to run exclusively on electric power for limited distances.
The vehicle, which goes under the internal working title I.D. Lounge, is being developed as a luxurious range-topping model with exterior and interior dimensions like those of the German automaker’s new third-generation Touareg.
Freudenberg intends to make every component of the fuel cell stack in-house, including the catalytic membrane and gas diffusion layers. The supplier has set a late-2019 target to have a fuel-cell stack ready for the market.
Electric small cars and sedans from several brands will be built in Emden, Germany, while Hanover will specialize in the production of the ID. Buzz range in addition to building vehicles with conventional engines.
Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi says Enevate’s HD-Energy Technology for EVs features 5-minute fast charging with high energy density and long driving range, as well as low-temperature operation in cold climates and low cost.