Porsche to take on Tesla

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Porsche announced recently that it will drop diesel engines in all of its future cars as the manufacturer switches to hybrid and all electric technologies.

Last year, twelve per cent of all Porsches sold were diesel powered, but the car maker has said that times are changing and after 10 years of using these types of engines, they have said they want to be diesel free.

Next year, Porsche will be launching its first full electric sports car, the Taycan to add to the brands already growing alternative fuel line up which includes the Panamera sedan and the Cayenne SUV. Even the next generation Porsche 911 will be available next year with plugin hybrid power with no drop in horsepower, with the next year’s model reaching 700 of them.

Porsche has outlined how it plans to catch Tesla and other electric car makers, unveiling its Mission E concept car this month, the precursor to the Taycan which will arrive in Australia in 2020. Porsche call it the car “that can cover 500 kilometres with superb performance” and without a drop of petrol. Click here to read more about the Mission E.

When the Taycan arrives in Australia in 2020, it will have an 800 volt battery pack compared to the industry standard of just 400 volts and will boast a charging time of 80 per cent of its batteries in just 15 minutes but there’s a catch. Current charging infrastructure must improve to accommodate the quicker charging times and increase in power demands.

To help facilitate this, Porsche is considering its options in conjunction with other car manufacturers on how to best provide Australia with a fast charging network with a third party provider.

While Porsche has said that it won’t be stopping support for its existing diesel engines, it is clear that the big sports car manufacturers have a zero emissions future on their minds and infrastructure will need to change. Even existing electric car charging infrastructure will need to change to accommodate faster charging times and State and Federal Governments will need to acknowledge the direction that car manufacturers are heading, driven by consumer demand and for Governments to meet their own emissions targets.