Porsche says that the facade of its new factory that will build the Taycan, its first all-electric vehicle, is coated with a material able to absorb nitrogen dioxide – a pollutant its cheating diesel cars were actually emitting.
The company says that it is building a new “Zero Impact Factory” at the Porsche headquarters in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen to build its first electric Porsche.
Today, the German automaker built the facade of the plant made of “aluminium coated with titanium dioxide”, which “acts as a catalyst and breaks down the absorbed pollutant particles into the harmless substances water and nitrate when exposed to sunlight and with only low air humidity.”
The facade is pictured above.
Porsche says that the main pollutant that it absorbs is nitrogen dioxide, which is ironically a pollutant that its diesel vehicles with emission cheating devices were emitting.
Albrecht Reimold, Member of the Executive Board responsible for Production and Logistics at Porsche AG, commented on the newly deployed pilot project:
“If the evaluation of the results confirms our expectations, nothing stands in the way of using nitrogen oxide-absorbing surface technology on other buildings and surfaces,”
The project is the space of just ten parking spots and the company claims that it performs the work of ten trees.
“Sustainability is a big picture that is made up of many individual elements,” explains Albrecht Reimold. “We are therefore continuously thinking about the measures that we can implement to ensure greater sustainability in our actions – throughout the entire value chain. We are consistently pursuing our objective of sports car production completely without any ecological footprint,”
The factory is expected to start producing the Taycan toward the end of the year.
As we reported earlier this week, Porsche is allegedly planning to produce an impressive 40,000 all-electric Taycan cars per year, which is significantly higher than previously planned.