Porsche to power sustainability with battery revolution

Motor manufacturer Porsche will today announce details of how it will have a CO2 neutral balance sheet by the end of the decade.

The firm will host its annual press conference today at which it will deliver the details of its plan to drive greater sustainability across its operations.

“Sustainability is an important part of our Strategy 2030 – holistically: on economic, ecological and social terms,” said Oliver Blume, (above) Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche AG. “We launched a comprehensive decarbonisation programme with a firm target in mind: Porsche wants to have a CO2-neutral balance sheet throughout the entire value chain in 2030. We will achieve this by systematically avoiding and reducing CO2 emissions.”

He added: “We are committed to the Paris Agreement. The EU talks about 2050, many competitors about 2040, but it’s not about record times, it’s about responsibility. Every step counts.”

Currently the production within its German factories, located in Zuffenhausen and Leipzig is already CO2-neutral through the use of renewable energy and biogas.

“In the next step, we will also demand this from our suppliers. Anyone who develops battery cells for us must manufacture them exclusively with sustainable energy. Batteries are still produced in a very energy-intensive way. By obliging our suppliers to use sustainable energy, the carbon footprint will improve significantly. And the battery itself will be more than 90 per cent recyclable in ten years, at the latest. At the same time, we will reduce polluting substances such as cobalt in batteries in the future.”

Porsche is currently researching the development of high-performance batteries using silicon instead of graphite anodes in order to achieve an even higher energy density and better fast-charging capability.

The new batteries will be produced in Europe and initially used in limited-production, high-performance vehicles and in customer motorsport. Porsche is also planning its own fast-charging stations along the most important European major highways and motorways. These will offer Porsche customers a high-quality, brand-appropriate charging experience while complementing the existing Ionity network.

“The battery cell is the combustion chamber of tomorrow,” explained Dr Blume. “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.”

He added silicon enables a higher energy density and improves energy recovery as well as fast-charging capability.

“Porsche has already taken on a pioneering technological role in the development of 800-volt technology, first in the 919 Le Mans racing car and now in the Taycan electric sports car,” Dr Blume said.

The firm also announced it is planning its own fast-charging stations along the most important European major highways and motorways.

“These will offer customers a high-quality, brand-appropriate charging experience while complementing the Ionity network,” it said. “A unique design will showcase the special character of the Porsche fast-charging stations to the outside world.”

“An important prerequisite for electromobility is fast and convenient charging,” said Dr 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.” Each station will have between six and 12 charging points with a charging capacity of 350 kW and more. The charging process will be convenient and there will be a lounge area with innovative self-service facilities. Access will be controlled via smartphone.”