19.7.2017Porsche considers ditching diesel to focus on EVs
Porsche is looking at scrapping diesel engines from its model line-up and focusing instead on pushing electrified vehicles. A decision will be made in the next few years reports Reuters, after the news service spoke to Chief Executive Oliver Blume.
Should Porsche opt to halt development of diesel units, it would be a move that would follow Volvo's recent announcement in pushing forward with hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and pure-electric cars.
Porsche already has plug-in hybrids on sale in the shape of the Panamera and Cayenne, and the all-electric Mission E is confirmed for production in a couple of years' time. The removal of diesel from its range would only give Porsche greater scope to increase its hybrid and electric options, something that it has great experience from thanks to its participation and success in the World Endurance Championship, including the Le Mans 24 hour race.
Blume confirmed that the next generation Cayenne SUV - due to be unveiled later this year - will be available with diesel engines, as does the recently launched Panamera saloon and estate. Any decision wouldn't see diesel options removed, but phased out as new models replace existing or soon to be launched options.
Porsche was one of the manufacturers caught up in the VW Emissions Scandal, with the 3.0 litre TDI diesel one of the units found to be capable of cheating emissions test procedures. Around 15% of Porsche's sales are made up of diesel models, and although famous for its sportscars like the 911, it is the SUVs such as the Macan and Panamera that sell in large numbers.
The move would also counter moves expected by cities across Europe that tackle air quality issues, with London and other UK cities planning charges for drivers of diesel cars over a certain age for entering the centre of town.
Porsche is investing heavily on preparing for pure-electric models, with ultra-rapid chargers being rolled out already, and its Stuttgart factory being readied for manufacture of the Mission E. Company predictions reckon that around a quarter of total sales by 2025 could be made up of pure-electric models, according to Blume's comments to Reuters.