Porsche Goes Green With Leather-Free Upholstery In New Taycan Electric Sports Car

Porsche offers an entirely leather-free interior for the first time with interiors made from innovative recycled materials underscore the sustainable concept, the company says.

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The Porsche Taycan Turbo is the automaker's first fully-electric sport car

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 billion euros ($6.7 billion) through 2022 to develop electric vehicles, as it presented its first zero-emissions sports car.

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"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.

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The interior is made up of recycled materials, Porsche said in a release

The Taycan has a range of 450 kilometers, making it the first electric vehicle from a German carmaker 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.

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

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

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