26.2.2019Porsche to make Macan EV
Porsche has revealed that the next-generation Macan will be electric, with the SUV set to join the Taycan and Taycan Cross Turismo in the German marque's EV portfolio.
Further details are light on what is set to be the first electric SUV from Porsche, though manufacturing will begin 'at the start of the next decade'. The Taycan - pictured below in prototype form - is due later this year, and the Taycan Cross Turismo is likely to arrive in 2020, so 2021 would be a good bet if judging when the Macan EV will arrive.
The next Macan will be built on the Porsche PPE (Premium Platform Electric) architecture, which has been developed alongside VW Group partner Audi. Porsche is expected to set-up the Macan with similar power and range figures to the Taycan, as Porsche talks about using its 800V technology. Charging at 350 kW DC on CCS connectors will likely be available should that prove to be the case.
The Macan is an important model for the sportscar manufacturer, with more than 90,000 units produced annually at the Leipzig plant for markets around the world.
Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Board of Management of Porsche AG, said: "Electromobility and Porsche go together perfectly; not just because they share a high-efficiency approach, but especially because of their sporty character.
"By 2022 we will be investing more than six billion euros in electric mobility, and by 2025 50% of all new Porsche vehicles could have an electric drive system.
"Nevertheless, over the next ten years we will focus on a drive mix consisting of even further optimised petrol engines, plug-in hybrid models, and purely electrically operated sports cars. Our aim is to take a pioneering role in technology, and for this reason we will continue to consistently align the company with the mobility of the future."