There’s something about a classic vehicle that holds an undeniable appeal for many car lovers. However, the classics might soon be relegated to the halls of dusty museums. The world is changing, and electric cars are quickly becoming favored over gas guzzlers. That means classic cars might soon be banned from the roads. As tragic as this seems, Hagerty reports that Porsche might have a solution that will keep its classic vehicles on the road for decades to come.
Porsche classics aren’t going anywhere
Classic Porsche cars are some of the most popular vehicles among collectors. Many aren’t just sitting in garages gathering dust, either. Porsche CEO Oliver Blume recently told Hagerty that 70% of Porsche’s cars are still tearing up the highways.
That’s a large number of Porsche vehicles that are still running. It also helps justify the expensive price tag that comes with a Porsche.
With that said, Porsche is thinking ahead. The automaker has found several ways to keep its classics relevant. One way it plans to do that is to add an infotainment system that retains the retro feel that many car enthusiasts love. It’s called Porsche Classic Communication Management, and it proves that Porsche puts its all into every vehicle built, whether it be from the past, the present, or the future.
However, gasoline-powered vehicles have bigger problems to face. Thanks to the electric car revolution, classic Porsche vehicles that require fuel might be in danger of joining the steam engine. California is already making plans to greatly reduce the number of diesel engine trucks on its roads, and gas guzzlers are probably next. But Porsche has a strategy to circumvent such laws.
How Porsche plans to save its classics from the electric revolution
So how will Porsche save its beloved classics? The German automaker must create a synthetic fuel.
According to Hagerty, “Although the project is at the embryonic stage, Blume sketched the outline of a fuel made by producing hydrogen, capturing carbon from the air, and combining these two elements to end up with methanol, which is then transformed into a substitute for gasoline.”
Will it work? Probably. It’s still in the testing phase, which looks promising, but it still has a ways to go.
Despite its dedication to the classics, Porsche still intends to go electric with future vehicles. In the meantime, there are still some amazing cars that deserve the chance to feel the wind rushing over their hoods, just like new cars. But the real question is, will consumers go for alternative fuel?
Are consumers interested in synthetic?
For anyone who owns a classic Porsche, the thought of switching to synthetic fuel might sound incredible. Or it may until they realize it isn’t exactly a cheap solution.
On Reddit, one user stated, “From the article, it seems like most of the emissions are saved during production, as they use renewable energy to produce it. And it’s still costly to produce. Who knows, maybe in the future it will be much cleaner and cheaper.”
According to Hagerty, the price for this legendary fuel is $37 per gallon. That number won’t fly with consumers, most of whom flinch at the idea of paying $3 per gallon. Porsche knows this and plans to lower the price to $2 per liter.
Despite the high price, some die-hard car lovers will drive their vehicles no matter what it takes. Another Reddit user chimed in: “If it means I can drive my Elise until I either die or can’t get in and out anymore, then I’m down. Long live loud engine noises!”