Porsche has announced that it would be fully discontinuing its lineup of diesel-powered vehicles. The veteran automaker noted that its decision is fueled by its commitment to the upcoming electrification of its fleet, which the company expects to achieve by 2025.
The company’s announcement comes roughly five months after a senior manager at Porsche in Germany was arrested due to involvement in parent company Volkswagen’s high-profile Dieselgate scandal. Dieselgate, which emerged in 2015, involved Volkswagen’s practice of modifying the diesel engines of some of its cars to cheat laboratory emissions tests. Amidst the fallout from the scandal, Volkswagen had to pay billions of dollars worth of buybacks and repairs. The company was also required to initiate clean-energy campaigns to make up for the environmental damage its modified diesel-powered vehicles caused.
Porsche, for its part, has taken the clean-energy initiative seriously. In 2015, Porsche unveiled its Mission E sedan concept, a vehicle that is now dubbed as the Taycan. Just like the Tesla Model S, the Taycan is built and designed to be an all-electric car through and through, and it is expected to be competitive in the premium EV industry when it enters the market next year. Other variants of the Mission E line, such as the off-road-optimized Mission E Cross Turismo, have been unveiled earlier this year as well.
Ultimately, the company’s abandonment of its diesel line is not out of character for Porsche. The company, after all, has steadily been moving away from diesel propulsion since 2015. The last Porsche model that is powered by diesel, for example, was offered in the United States back in November 2015. Last year, only 12% of Porsche’s global sales came from its diesel fleet. That said, Oliver Blume, chief executive of Porsche did note in a statement to CNN Money that the company is not in any way “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,” he said.
By 2025, Porsche plans to transition half of its offerings to either hybrid or all-electric systems. Porsche has selected the Taycan to be its flag-bearer as it takes its first steps towards electrification, and over the past months, sightings of the Taycan’s test mules conducting real-world testing in several countries suggest that Porsche is heavily refining the vehicle before its release. The Taycan’s platform is also expected to be used in the Audi Sport E-tron GT, a concept vehicle set for debut this coming November at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show.
Porsche notes that the Taycan will feature its trademark performance, with the vehicle being listed with a 0-60 mph time of 3.5 seconds, a range of 310 miles per charge, and a top speed of 155 mph. Pre-orders for the Taycan have been opened to interested buyers in selected regions, and so far, Porsche has noted that the reception to the car has been very positive.