Porsche drops diesel for EVs

Porsche has announced that it has ditched diesel, with electrification the main focus of its R&D resources. No new models will be offered with diesel engines, reflecting the trend from its buyers moving to the E-Hybrid plug-in hybrid options.

The German manufacturer says that by 2022, more than six billion euros will have been invested in e-mobility. Combined with the fact that almost two thirds of Panameras sold in Europe are E-Hybrids, and the fact that demand for diesel is dropping, made the decision relatively easy.

Instead, with the Taycan pure-EV on the way next year - and more EVs after that - Porsche is pushing its electric powertrains further than ever before. As one of the leading developers in the VW Group, the fact that Porsche is focusing on EVs is a good one for the group as a whole.

Oliver Blume, CEO of Porsche AG, said: "Porsche is not demonising 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. Naturally we will continue to look after our existing diesel customers with the professionalism they expect."

"Our aim is to occupy the technological vanguard – we are intensifying our focus on the core of our brand while consistently aligning our company with the mobility of the future."

Porsche had initially halted production of diesel models back in February of this year, but the latest announcement means there will be no revival of the fuel type in the brand's line-up. With E-Hybrid popularity on the up for those wanting an efficient car, not just a pure-performance model, and diesel sales just 12% of Porsche's 2017 portfolio, the news shouldn't be unexpected.

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Chris Lilly

Author:Chris Lilly
Date Updated:24th Sep 2018

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