Porsche Considers Ditching Diesel Engines, Says CEO

Porsche will decide on whether to stop offering diesel powertrains at the end of the decade according to CEO Oliver Blume, making it the first time a German car maker speaks publicly about ditching diesel engines.

After all, Group VW’s Dieselgate emissions scandal has affected Porsche as well, which now is considering their options.

“Of course we are looking into this issue,” CEO Blume said in an interview with Reuters. “We have not made a decision on it.”

Blume also said that Porsche would offer a mix of combustion engines, plug-in hybrids and purely electric models over the next 10 to 15 years and would decide by the end of the decade whether to continue offering diesel engines or not.

The next-generation Cayenne, which is expected to be launched in September, will still offer a diesel powertrain as confirmed by Blume, just like the Panamera does. “For the generations that will follow there are different scenarios,” he said.

Sources indicate that Porsche might even back out of diesel altogether. But the company is still relying on diesel-powered models, which account for around 15 percent of its global sales, to help it bring down its CO2 emissions.

Blume is expecting all-electric models to account for a quarter of Porsche’s sales by 2025, give or take 5 to 10 percentage points. Blume also confirmed that the company is working together with Audi for a new shared EV-specific platform code-named PPE, which will underpin the Mission E that’s expected by 2019.

Porsche’s boss also said that if there’s enough demand, the company may spawn another all-electric model off the Mission E’s platform. “We expect the metropolises in China and Asia will switch to pure electric mobility very fast,” the CEO said. “I believe there will be few pure combustion engines to be seen in the large cities there in five years time. The development in rural areas will, however, proceed much more slowly.”

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  • Christian Wimmer

    Great. Then the big and heavy Cayenne (and Macan) will only come with gas-guzzling gasoline engines. Great for the environment…

    *SARCASM*

    For heavy SUVs, a diesel engine makes perfect sense. Hybrid? The extra weight of the batteries and electric components is gonna do wonders for fuel economy… *SARCASM, AGAIN*

    • Charles Lane

      Cayenne Diesel = 6.6 L/100 km @ 179 grams CO2
      Cayenne S Hybrid = 3.4 L/100 km @ 79 grams CO2
      http://www.porsche.com/international/models/cayenne/cayenne-diesel/featuresandspecs/

      Really Porsche needs to offer a 100 mile or 160 KM minimum range electric to keep those numbers close to 3.4 liters per 100 km. This is only the 2nd Gen hybrid system for the Cayenne and should only get better with time.

      Eventually fully electric versions of both the Cayenne and Macan will be offered along side Hybrid and ICE. Eventually ICE will be phased out leaving only a Electric and Hybrid version of which the Hybrid will a significantly electric range.

    • BobV12

      Sure, NOx are not a problem, as noise and smell. DIesel is such a nice thing to have in our cities !

  • Michelin

    They could have agreed this choice with other german car makers…..
    German connection will ban diesel and create new standards to penalise competitors
    Deutschland Uber Alles !!!

  • Bash

    why? because they cant meet the emission regulations what so ever. So they are dropping the whole thing..
    On the other hand, why can Audi fix/update the diesel engine for free with a software fix and Porsche cant!!

    Something is not adding up to me.

  • Carmelo Van Cabboi

    Good news. I’ m sorry but not surprised about the new scandals about the Cartel that involves BMW Group, Mercedes, Daimler and all the VW brands… Germans are the new MAFIOSI

  • BobV12

    Ditch every combustion engine as they are, put electric motors and erthanol turbines to make the most powerful and efficient hybrids on the planet.

    Diesel is a disease, 15% only of sells because the 911/718 is not proposed with Diesel, but when you look for Porsche Approved Cayenne/Macan/Panam in Europe, more than 2/3 are Diesel >.<

    • TheBigGuy

      Most cars in Europe are Diesel and get high mpg cuz they don’t put ethanol (among other crap) in their gas.

  • TheBigGuy

    I bet someone wants diesels to disappear altogether and their using the EPA to do it. Those emission numbers are beyond stringent. It’s just so another person can get a paycheck, but are they really saving anyone’s lives in the first place?!? No!

    • Silimarina

      You don’t need EPA to know that diesels emit more than a gas/petrol engine.

  • Auf Wiedersehen

    I would love to see them take that leap.

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