Porsche has gone back and forth with this one, but it seems like the company’s top guy, CEO Oliver Blume himself says “it will be very important for the 911 to have a plug-in hybrid.”

According to a report by Automotive News, the next-generation 911 is set to go on sale in 2019, but the plug-in hybrid version of the sports car will only join the line-up during its mid-cycle update. That should be four years after the next 911 debuts, anytime from 2023.

“We will come with the plug-in hybrid with the next battery generation and with the next evolution step,” Blume told the publication. The decision isn’t final, but “it’s my opinion that we will go for it,” he said.

Previously, a Porsche spokesperson says the technology on the next 911 will allow for the integration of an electric powertrain, and that the company is currently keeping all options open, especially regarding engine specifications. Company insiders have also gone as far as to confirm the existence of an electrified 911, albeit in prototype form.

Blume is aiming to integrate a 47 Ah (ampere hour) battery system in the plug-in 911, which would ideally give it an all-electric range of 69 km. For the time being, the engineers at Porsche are hard at work in developing the next-generation battery technology. As Blume puts it, “the potential is very good with the new generation of batteries.”

While this clears up uncertainties regarding the plug-in hybrid 911, what’s next, the 911 EV? Don’t worry, that one is 10 to 15 years in the horizon.