HOCKENHEIM, Germany — The most carbon-intensive part of producing an electric vehicle is manufacturing the battery that goes in it. It's a task that accounts for about 40 percent of the emissions associated with building, for instance, a Porsche Taycan.
To reduce those emissions, Porsche is targeting the battery-making process from multiple angles — requiring suppliers to use renewable power, sourcing raw materials regionally and developing battery chemistries that are more energy efficient.
For Porsche, the mission is urgent.
The German sports car maker has set a goal of being carbon neutral by 2030, spurred by tightening emissions regulations primarily in Europe and China. To get there, it is electrifying its lineup, starting with the four-door Taycan fastback. Next year, Porsche will launch a battery-powered version of its bestselling Macan compact crossover. Looking ahead, Porsche expects to electrify its Boxster roadster and midsize Cayenne crossover.