Porsche has just made an official announcement saying that the next-generation Macan SUV will be a fully electric model, marking the automaker’s first-ever such product for this segment. It will roll off the assembly line at the start of the next decade.
Until that time, Porsche will work towards launching the all-electric Taycan, which is expected to arrive at the end of this year, followed shortly by its Taycan Cross Turismo sibling.
“Electromobility and Porsche go together perfectly; not just because they share a high-efficiency approach, but especially because of their sporty character,” said Porsche board chairman, Oliver Blume.
“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.”
Made in Germany
Porsche will manufacture the next-gen Macan at its Leipzig plant, where the German automaker will be able to produce fully electric vehicles on the existing production line. This is the very same plant where Porsche first started series production for the Cayenne SUV back in 2002, with just 259 employees.
Now, the plant produces more than 90,000 Macan units per year for global markets, and is also responsible for building the Panamera. Since it became operational back in February of 2000, Porsche has invested more than 1.3 billion euros ($1.48 billion) to develop its Leipzig factory.
Like the Taycan, the all-new Macan will also feature 800-volt technology, and will be based on the the Porsche PPE architecture (Premium Platform Electric), which has been developed in collaboration with Audi.