Who is Porsche's biggest competitor?
Porsche chief developer: "We don't see Tesla as a direct competitor"
Porsche has been delivering its first electric car, the Taycan, since the end of 2019. Because of the great demand, production of the sports sedan is expanded at an early stage. Above all, Tesla produces significantly more Stromer, but Porsche does not see the US manufacturer as a direct competitor.
When asked about the fact that Tesla wants to have its large sedan Model S with modifications on the Nürburgring beat the Taycan, said Porsche Development Board Member Michael Steiner in an interview with Automotive News: “Although people want to play us off against each other, we don't see Tesla as a direct competitor. Looking at the Model 3, it is clear that they are targeting the mass market more aggressively. "
The Tesla batteries, which look like standard round cells from the outside and are produced together with partner Panasonic, are considered to be a decisive competitive advantage for the brand regardless of the segment. The chemistry used in the batteries and the cooling concept have advantages and disadvantages, said Steiner. According to Porsche, the large battery packs used in the Model S are "not ideal in terms of sustainability". The Zuffenhausen-based company preferred to use smaller, lighter and therefore less expensive batteries that can be recharged more quickly.
Porsche does not want to lead with the greatest electric range, Steiner continues. The Taycan is currently available with a range of up to 450 kilometers in accordance with the WLTP standard. Tesla already offers up to 610 e-kilometers on one charge. When advertising the Taycan, Porsche focuses on performance and driving dynamics: unlike most electric cars - including the Model S - the car also achieves the promised performance data several times in a row, for example on the racetrack.
For the time being, more burners needed
In contrast to Tesla, Porsche will continue to build combustion and hybrid cars for the foreseeable future. "Because we cannot expect electromobility to advance at the same pace in all regions," said Steiner. Porsche assumes that in certain segments there will initially continue to be a need for conventional combustion engines as well as electric cars and hybrids. How long this is the case would be decided by customers and legislators.
Porsche's development board also commented on possible fully electric versions of classic sports cars such as the 911 or 718. Porsche could develop its own platform for particularly flat models for such vehicles. In this regard, however, there is still no final decision.
Systems for hydrogen-powered fuel cell electric vehicles are also being tested, but this drive technology is currently not suitable for Porsche. Steiner justified this with the space required by the battery for the required high peak power. The efficiency of a fuel cell solution is also "extremely bad", since a lot of electricity is required to generate the fuel, transport it to the filling stations and process it in the vehicle.
Via: Automotive News
Company: Porsche, Tesla
Drive: electric car, hydrogen vehicles
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