Volkswagen's Porsche drops diesel in electric vehicle push

Porsche Panamera

Sports vehicle maker Porsche said Sunday it would become the first German auto giant to abandon the diesel engine, reacting to parent company Volkswagen's emissions cheating scandal and resulting urban driving bans.

Porsche CEO Oliver Blume said that although Porsche never developed and produced diesel engines, its image has suffered from the scandal that erupted in 2015.

Mr Blume added: "That also means that there will be no more diesels from Porsche in the future".

He said Porsche hasn't had any diesels in its range since February and the "test phase" has shown that many diesel drivers are prepared to switch to gasoline or hybrid cars.

"It's important to us that motors can be run in a sporting fashion", he said.

Diesel versions of cars like the brand's Cayenne and Macan sports utility vehicles accounted for 12 percent of global sales past year, according to the statement.

Porsche Taycan
The Porsche Panamera 4S Diesel was ditched in February Porsche will launch its first electric sports car the Taycan next year Close

The Porsche chief conceded the step was a result of the three-year-old "dieselgate" scandal at Volkswagen.

"Porsche is not demonising diesel".

Building on the experience it has with hybrids and will soon gain with EVs, Porsche's long term agenda is to have 50 percent of all new cars sold by 2025 electrified in some way or another.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer plan to meet top officials of the country's auto industry in Berlin later on Sunday to discuss how to meet air quality standards in cities. "The diesel crisis caused us a lot of problems".

"The diesel crisis has caused us a lot of trouble", he said, months after Germany's Federal Transport Authority ordered the recall of almost 60,000 Porsche SUVs in Europe.

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