It’s no secret that every major car manufacturer is going full steam into electric mobility and Porsche is no exception; at the expense of diesel powertrains and with numbers to back the move.
In Europe, more than 63% of Panameras sold are hybrids while demand for diesel models have dipped and since 2017, the number of diesel Porsches sold have dropped by 12%. As such, the company has decided to no longer offer new models with diesel powertrains.
“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,” says CEO of Porsche AG, Oliver Blume.
In 2019, Porsche will mark its first step into the foray of purely electric sports cars with the new Taycan; capable of generating 400 km of pure electric range with just 15 minutes of charging.
By 2025, Porsche expects every other vehicle sold to be equipped with an electric drive – either hybrid or purely electric.
That said, Porsche is still looking to please its purists and enthusiasts with the assurance that they’re still working on optimising internal combustion engines within their product portfolio.