Porsche announced its plans to discontinue its diesel models in order to better pursue its electric future.
Volkswagen Group has had its fair share of issues with diesel-powered vehicles, which has been well documented to this point. Porsche originally offered diesel variants of the Cayenne, Macan & Panamera. However, the German manufacturer hasn’t offered a diesel here since 2015. Earlier this year, the company also recalled 60,000 Cayennes and Macans in Europe for emissions cheating software.
However, Porsche’s Chief Executive Oliver Blume said in a statement,
“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.”
Blume also went onto admit, “We have never developed and produced diesel engines ourselves. Still, Porsche’s image has suffered. The diesel crisis has caused us a lot of trouble.” It seems there has been more than one motivating factor leading up to this decision. However, Porsche have also made it very clear where their future lies.
The German company has invested 6 billion Euros ($7.1 billion US Dollars) into electrification. Already, we have began to see some of this investment come to fruition. Porsche’s most recent halo car, the 918 Spyder, featured a hybrid powerplant.
Furthermore, the Porsche Taycan is set to launch next year. This will be Porsche’s first fully electric sportscar. Porsche is promising an electric car with 600 horsepower and 310 miles of range per charge. Plus, an 80% charge time of just 15 minutes.
Fear not, fans of gasoline-powered Porsches. The folks in Stuttgart have made it very clear that they fully intend to continue producing gasoline models for the foreseeable future.
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