Porsche goes green with leather-free electric sports car

The latest attempt by a German automaker to play up green credentials

Reuters September 05, 2019
The Porsche logo is seen during the 2020 Porsche 911 Speedster reveal at the 2019 New York International Auto Show in New York City, New York, US, April 17, 2019. PHOTO: REUTERS

Porsche is making a leather-free version of its new Taycan electric sports car in the latest attempt by a German automaker to play up green credentials as environmental activists lobby for a boycott of the industry.

Last month, a climate activist group smashed up 40 luxury vehicles and called for a boycott of this month’s Frankfurt Auto Show because it celebrates an “outmoded climate and environment destroying transportation system.”

Porsche, part of Volkswagen, said on Wednesday it would invest $6.7 billion through 2022 to develop electric vehicles, as it presented its first zero-emissions sports car.

PTI govt to roll out ‘electric motorcycles, rickshaws’

“With the Taycan, Porsche offers an entirely leather-free interior for the first time. Interiors made from innovative recycled materials underscore the sustainable concept of the electric sports car,” Porsche said.

The Taycan has a range of 450 kilometers, making it the first electric vehicle from a German car-maker capable of rivaling Tesla  in terms of operating range.

Thanks to an 800 volt system, the car is also capable of adding 100 kilometers to its range from a five minute recharging of its battery, Porsche said.

Lack of new technology turns national economy obsolete

The Porsche Taycan Turbo S is priced at 185,456 euros, or 138,826 pounds. First customer deliveries are anticipated from January 2020, the car-maker said.

Other sports car makers are also rushing to develop electric models. Ferrari said last month it hoped to introduce a fully-electric model sometime after 2022.



Replying to X

Comments are moderated and generally will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive.

For more information, please see our Comments FAQ