Porsche Makes EV Commitments

Wed 24th Mar 2021

German motor manufacturer Porsche has announced that they are developing their own in-house batteries and charging networks in preparation for the electric vehicle revolution.

Despite spending most of the last week claiming that the combustion engine is not dead and has life beyond 2030 with eFuel technology, the company is still committed to becoming carbon neutral within the next decade.

Porsche anticipate that 80 per cent of the company’s sales will be EV by 2030, with the 911 remaining their last bastion of combustion hope. And with the aim of keeping their value chain in check and free from outside suppliers, Porsche have revealed that they are developing their own range of high-performance batteries.

"The battery cell is the combustion chamber of tomorrow," says Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche AG. "Our electrified high-performance sports and racing cars place the highest demands on battery technology. To meet these demands, Porsche needs special high-performance cells. Silicon has big potential." 

The company has also laid out plans to develop their own network of charging stations, a move which will infuriate some campaigners who claim that the EV charging networks should be standardised to avoid confusing the consumer market. Despite these concerns, Porsche are keen to ensure that their customers have access to super-fast charging.

An important prerequisite for electromobility is fast and convenient charging," says Blume. "That is why we are currently working on the details of a concept for our own fast-charging stations. We will select attractive locations for these in order to offer our customers the most comfortable and fastest long-distance travel experience possible."