Porsche to Go All-Electric

Porsche has said all its cars will be EVs and hybrids in the future, and it will make no purely diesel-fueled vehicles.

The company claims that by 2022, it will have invested over €6Bn in e-mobility, which it says will help it create “the basis for sustainable growth into the future”. However, Porsche freely admits this is to some extent motivated by profits, rather than ethics. It says the demand for its diesel vehicles has declined dramatically, to the extent that they accounted for just 12% of all vehicles the automaker sold worldwide last year.

Porsche is also using the announcement to assist with the launch of the Taycan, its first fully electric sports car, which the company plans to launch next year. Porsche claims the Taycan will be manufactured in a carbon-neutral manner and “supplied with green electricity via an ultra-fast charging infrastructure spread over Europe.”

The automaker’s ambitions for electrification are not that immediate, however. It suggests half of – not all – new Porsche vehicles could have hybrid or purely electric drives by 2025. It says it will still maintain a focus “on optimized internal combustion engines”, thus enabling continued production of “purist, emotional and powerful sports cars”.

CEO Oliver Blume explained: “Porsche is not demonizing diesel. It is, and will remain, an important propulsion technology. We as a sports car manufacturer, however, for whom diesel has always played a secondary role, have come to the conclusion that we would like our future to be diesel-free.”

 


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