In 2009 Porsche launched its first ever Diesel vehicle the Cayenne Diesel. Almost after a decade, Porsche decides to finally shut down Diesel cars. Porsche confirmed that they’ll be dropping diesel and start focusing on electric vehicles. While back in February only Porsche halted its production for Panamera 4S Diesel and Macan S Diesel.
Oliver Blume, Porsche CEO justified the decision to abandon Diesel stating “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. Naturally, we will continue to look after our existing diesel customers. Petrol engines are well suited for sporty driving.”
Hence the decision to drop Diesel was expected as after the Volkswagon diesel scandal, Porsche also had to face a lot of trouble. Porsche even tried to avoid the scandal by telling that Audi supplied their Diesel engines. Porsche CEO Oliver Blume said “We have never developed and produced diesel engines ourselves,” Blume told the newspaper. “Still, Porsche’s image has suffered. The diesel crisis has caused us a lot of trouble.”
In 2017, only 12 percent of Porsche cars sold worldwide were diesel. Therefore it’s definitely not a big stake for Porsche to lose. Even more, Porsche also claims that by the year 2025 one in four Porsche sold will be electric. Commencing with the company’s first electric car, Porsche Taycan.
Above all Porsche is preparing to invest six billion euros in electric car technology by 2022. And 63 percent of Panameras sold in Europe were hybrids. Porsche also plans to launch its first electric car by 2019.
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