Porsche abandoned the diesel enginesSeptember 24, 2018
The main reason for such a decision is the scandal surrounding frauds with indicators of emissions of harmful substances into the atmosphere
The company Porsche decided to abandon the production of cars on diesel engines. Now the automaker is going to concentrate on creating cars with gasoline engines and hybrids. Since 2019, special attention will be paid to electric vehicles, the press service of Porsche said.
The main reason for this decision is a scandal surrounding frauds with indicators of emissions of harmful substances into the atmosphere. As the head of the company Oliver Blume said in an interview with the newspaper Bild am Sonntag, the diesel scandal delivered his company a lot of problems.
It is planned to allocate 6 billion euros for the project to create environmentally friendly machines by 2022. It is expected that by 2025 every second new Porsche car will have an electric motor or a hybrid power unit.
The first electric car of the German brand will be called Taycan. The serial production of the car will begin in 2019. The Porsche Taycan will be equipped with two electric motors (on the front and rear axles), similar to those used on the hybrid sport prototype Porsche 919 Hybrid. The engines, with a total output of 600 hp, will work together with the on-board 800-volt system.
In April of this year, the German police arrested the head of the engine development department of Porsche Jörg Körner in connection with the so-called “diesel scandal” around the Volkswagen concern. In addition, the number of suspects fell head of the new research and development department of Porsche Michael Steiner, as well as another employee whose name is not called. All three are charged with fraud and the use of knowingly unreliable advertising.
The scandal surrounding Volkswagen, associated with a deliberate understatement of the level of harmful emissions from diesel engines, broke out in the fall of 2015. For the German concern, the situation with Dieselgate turned into huge fines, the resignation of the leadership and multimillion-dollar reviews of cars around the world. Investigations around the diesel scandal VW continue to this day.