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The new Porsche Macan will be an all-electric SUV
Feb 26, 2019  Chris Davies

The new Porsche Macan will be an all-electric SUV

Porsche’s next-generation Macan crossover will be fully electric, the
automaker has announced today, with the upcoming compact SUV bypassing gas
and diesel engines altogether. The new Macan will be produced at Porsche’s
Leipzig site, the same location that the company will manufacturer the
upcoming Taycan sports EV sedan.

The Porsche Taycan will be the automaker’s first all-electric model. Taking
on Tesla’s Model S, the car – arguably still better known by its former
Mission-E codename – will feature 800V charging for super-fast battery
recharge, and come with three years of free charging access to Electrify
America stations across the US.

Porsche intends to launch the Taycan later in 2019. It’ll be followed soon
after by the Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo, a crossover version based on the
concept of the same name. That will have a raised ride-height as well as
more muscular styling, though also be all-electric.

The automaker’s goals for electrification are more than just a single series
buried in its overall line-up, however. By 2025, Porsche has said, it plans
to have some sort of electric drive in half of all its new models. That
could mean mild-hybrids, plug-in hybrids, or fully-electric, sitting
alongside updated versions of internal-combustion engines.

The decision to take the Macan all-electric, though, comes as something of a
shock. The luxury SUV – which followed the best-selling Porsche Cayenne –
launched in 2014, and has been instrumental in buoying the automaker’s
fortunes since then. It shares the same platform with the first-generation
Auto Q5, and is as such smaller than the Cayenne.

Come the second-generation, though, things will change. Porsche says it’ll
build the new Macan on the same Porsche PPE (Premium Platform Electric)
architecture as the Taycan, the platform co-developed with Audi for electric
vehicles exclusively. It’s a new platform, so-far unseen in the market. The
Audi e-tron, for example, uses the VW Group’s MLB platform instead.

The Macan EV will feature the same 800 volt technology as the Taycan, which
means access to super-high-speed charging. With the right 350 kW charger,
Porsche has said, the Taycan’s battery could add 60 miles of range every
four minutes. Obviously not every charger in the Electrify America network
will deliver that sort of power – or, indeed, the chargers Porsche of
America is having installed at all 191 dealerships across the US – but it
does go a long way to helping reduce range anxiety.

Given drivers’ current love-affair with SUVs and crossovers, an electric SUV
makes a lot of sense for Porsche. How enthusiasts, wooed by models like the
Macan Turbo and Macan GTS, might feel remains to be seen. Production of the
second-generation Macan EV is expected to begin “at the start of the next
decade,” Porsche says.
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