By Lauren Howells.

German car manufacturer Porsche has announced that it will stop making diesel cars.

Volkswagen, the parent company of Porsche, was at the heart of the scandal dubbed the “diesel dupe” back in 2015, after admitting that it had cheated on emissions tests in the United States.

In June of this year, Volkswagen was fined €1 billion by the German authorities over diesel emissions cheating.

Older Cars Already Banned

Earlier this year, Hamburg became the first German city to ban diesel cars over a certain age. Only a few weeks ago, a German court ruled that Frankfurt must also ban older diesel vehicles from the centre of the city.  

British local authorities are also reportedly considering plans 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.  

Porsche to Cease Making Diesel Cars

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 fallen by almost 40% year on year.

Car giant Toyota has also said it will stop selling diesel cars in Europe by the end of the year. Fiat Chrysler has also announced plans to stop producing diesel cars.