The decision comes from decreased demand for diesel models and a greater interest in hybrid models. In 2017, the diesel share of worldwide Porsches was 12%, but the auto maker has not had a diesel in its portfolio since February 2018.
“Porsche is not demonizing diesel,” said Oliver Blume, CEO of Porsche. “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.”
The Taycan will be Porsche’s first electric sports car in 2019. The OEM is also concentrating on optimized internal combustion engines.