Porsche has already officially announced that it is dropping its diesel-powered vehicles across its lineup while the German sports car maker re-focuses its energy towards electrification. But unofficially, it seems that Porsche is also planning to drop its petrol offerings in favor of an all-electric lineup, save for its 911 sports car.
Citing a person privy with Porsche, manager magazin reported that with the exception of the 911, all other models at Porsche – Boxster, Cayenne, Macan and Panamera – will become pure electric offerings. This means that non-911 models would be dropping not just their diesel engines, but also their petrol engines as well. That basically means no more internal combustion engines at Porsche, except for the 911. The 911 would be spared from being converted into a pure electric unit simply because it is a sports car for the purists.
Porsche conversion of its non-911 models into all-electric vehicles would mean that there would be no hybrid powerplant for these offerings. Hybrids usually combine an internal combustion engine with electric motors, making them electrified vehicles, but not all-electric.
This all-electric plan, according to the report by manager, is not too far off to the future. From 2022 to 2025, the Boxster, Cayenne, Macan and Panamera will have pure electric variants. By 2027, non-911 models with internal combustion engines would have already been dropped from the lineup, only their pure electric variants continuing to see the light of the road. The report also says Porsche is intending to have pure electric vehicles account for around 75 percent of its sales by the middle of the next decade, or by 2025.
Nonetheless, this report seems to run counter against Porsche’s recent announcement.
In its official announcement, Porsche said it is dropping diesel engines because of steadily declining sales, with diesel models accounting for only 12 percent of global sales in 2017. In fact, as of February 2018, Porsche has already dropped diesel models from its portfolio. Porsche CEO Oliver Blume noted that while the German sports car maker is not demonizing diesel, it is seeing its future to be diesel-free.
Nonetheless, Porsche is intensifying its activities in the field of hybrid technology and electro-mobility, saying it is only matching its product range to customer demand. In e-mobility alone, Porsche is investing more than EUR6 billion by 2022, seeing increasing interest in hybrid models. The German sports car maker noted that hybrid versions accounted for around 63 percent of the Panamera sales in Europe.
Porsche will be launching its first all-electric sports car – the new Porsche Taycan – in 2019, and is eyeing to have every second new Porsche vehicle electrified as an all-electric unit or as a hybrid model. In addition, Porsche will further optimize its internal combustion engines.