By Lauren Howells.
German car manufacturer that it will stop making diesel cars.
Volkswagen, the parent company of Porsche, was at the heart of the back in 2015, after admitting that it had cheated on emissions tests in the United States.
In June of this year, €1 billion by the German authorities over diesel emissions cheating.
Older Cars Already Banned
Earlier this year, to ban diesel cars over a certain age. Only a few weeks ago, that Frankfurt must also ban older diesel vehicles from the centre of the city.
to tackle air quality in cities, with drivers of cars sold before 2015 facing a 50% surcharge to park in the centre of London.
In a statement released over the weekend, Porsche said that it was not “demonising diesel” and said that diesel would remain an “important propulsion technology”. However, as a sports car manufacturer, diesel “has always played a secondary role”, it added.
Porsche said that it had come to the conclusion that it would like its future to be “diesel-free”.
It stressed that it would continue to look after existing diesel customers.
First purely electric sports car due 2019
Porsche is expected to have its first purely electric sports car, the Taycan, on sale in 2019. Porsche has said the car’s manufacture will be C0₂ neutral and it will get its green electricity via “an ultra-fast charging infrastructure spread over Europe”.
It said that by 2025, every second new Porsche vehicle “could have an electric drive – either hybrid or purely electric”.
By 2022, Porsche says that it will have invested more than €6 billion in e-mobility. It added that interest in hybrid models was “already taking off”.
Porsche has not had a diesel car in its portfolio since February 2018.
Diesel car sales have fallen
It was announced in March of this year that UK diesel car sales had .
Car giant it will stop selling diesel cars in Europe by the end of the year. plans to stop producing diesel cars.