Breaking news: Macan goes all electric
Porsche has revealed that the next generation Macan will be exclusively electric.
Porsche shipped more first-generation Macan than any other vehicle last year, and the recently launched second phase has once again been hailed as the best-handling compact SUV on sale. But from the start of the next decade, the Macan will be a further demonstration of Porsche’s commitment to its all-electric Mission E programme.
The Macan is built alongside the Cayenne and Panamera in Leipzig, so the production line there will now be radically altered to facilitate the change. But the decision to electrify one model from Porsche’s existing line up at the Saxony plant provides the opportunity to produce other fully electric vehicles there in the future.
For now, however, the focus is purely on the Macan. Like the incoming Taycan and Cross Turismo being built in Zuffenhausen, it will feature 800-volt technology and share the Porsche PPE architecture (Premium Platform Electric) developed in collaboration with Audi AG.
More news to be welcomed is that while the long awaited Taycan is expected towards the end of next year, the official pronouncement is that the first all-electric Macans won’t be too far behind it, arriving at the start of the next decade.
“Electromobility and Porsche go together perfectly,” said CEO Oliver Blume earlier. “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.”
But Herr Blume also stressed that Porsche’s medium-term plan did not do away with ICE altogether: “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.”