Porsche stopped selling diesel versions of their Panamera and Macan cars back in February, now they have announced that they will no longer produce any more diesel Porsches. Demand for all diesel cars is falling, and it is predicted that sales will account for only 30% of all cars sold from a high of almost 50% a few years ago. Only 12% of Porsche sales were diesel, but with their first electric car the Taycan due next year, Porsche’s announcement could be the start of an industry wide change.
The fall out from diesel is also affecting Le Mans 24 hours endurance race, where both Audi and Porsche have quit. In response the organisers, the ACO, are now looking to promote new technologies through a ‘Carbon neutral’ team. One option is a hydrogen powered car, both Audi and BMW are known to looking into the technology so there could be exciting times ahead.