The beat of electrification marches on and its next target is the Porsche Macan.
Yes, that’s right: the next generation of the Porsche Macan will be fully electric.
More precisely, Porsche’s supervisory board has decided to make the next-gen Macan a fully electric series.
This will be the first all-electric compact SUV from Porsche, with first examples to roll off the assembly line at the start of the next decade, the company said.
The development represents an expansion of the Porsche range in the field of electromobility: the Taycan – the first purely electrically driven sports car from Porsche – will be launched to market at the end of 2019, followed shortly thereafter by its derivative, the Taycan Cross Turismo.
“Electromobility and Porsche go together perfectly; not just because they share a high-efficiency approach, but especially because of their sporty character,” said Porsche AG’s chairman of the board Oliver Blume.
By 2022, Porsche will invest more than six billion euros (S$9.21 billion) in electric mobility, and by 2025 half of all new Porsche vehicles “could have” an electric drive system, Mr Blume noted.
Over the next ten years, however, Porsche will focus on a mix of powerplants consisting of “even further optimised” petrol engines, plug-in hybrid models, and purely electrically operated sports cars, Mr Blume said.
“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,” he said.
The next generation Macan will be made at the company’s Leipzig site and that was decided as early as July last year.
Like the Taycan, the compact SUV will also feature an 800-volt system and is based on the Porsche PPE architecture (Premium Platform Electric) developed in collaboration with Audi AG.
Porsche Leipzig GmbH has been continually developed to become one of the most advanced and sustainable production facilities in the automotive industry, Porsche said.
The Panamera series is also fully manufactured at the Leipzig plant, and that production line brings employee numbers up to today’s 4,000.