Next Porsche Macan Will Be Fully Electric, Coming After 2020

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.

 

  • Merc1

    Porsche is going to be the one that sticks it to Tesla. I can see all their SUVs being electric, but they will likely have to keep the sports cars ICE and then ICE+electrics for the foreseeable future. I just love Porsche, so engineering driven and they have extremely high standards, but you will pay for it.

    M

    • SteersUright

      modern Porsche is very cool, but largely a fancy extension of Audi’s engineering might, not Porsche’s. The only remaining real Porsche is the (911) 992, whose chassis dates back to the 996, from what I’ve read, and this was prior to VW influence. So, you actually are in love with Audi. No issues there. They make amazing vehicles, would just love to see more rear wheel drive chassis in their lineup.

      • P H

        The Porsche 911 (992) dates back only to the 991 and not the 996.

        The Macan uses the MLB-platform from Audi, the Cayenne the newer MLBevo one.

        All other Porsche cars – 718 Boxster / 718 Cayman, 911, Panamera (MSB) and the coming Taycan (J1) – ride on Porsche-only developed platforms.

        The Macan-successor will utilize the PPE, a co-development with Audi.

      • Merc1

        No they aren’t. Porsche’s engineering expertise has been strong long before Audi. I agree that the 911 is the only Porsche left that is still “pure” in that sense, but Porsche is NOT just an extension of Audi’s engineering. Audi is leaning heavily on Porsche for a lot these days as is the entire VAG group. Porsche took the Q5 and totally transformed it when making the Macan, they don’t even drive a like or anything. That is know how. The platform that Bentley is now using is Porsche engineered, not Audi otherwise the new A8 would be on it also and it isn’t. The 992 DOES NOT date back to the 996. That is just completely WRONG. The 911 is ground up redesign every 13 years or so. The 996 and 997 were twinned. Then the 911 was redesigned when the 991 arrived the 992 is an extension of that, not the 996/997.

        M

      • General. Koofta

        If what you write is correct,that is sad as Audi has morphed into a cheating,corporate marketing bullshit company with stale design language and false promises of new cars that evaporate after press days

    • EVERYONE WANT TO PISS ON TESLA THOUGH WITHOUT THEM NONE OF THESE CARS WOULD EXIST. WHAT’S THE RUSH TO SEE TESLA FAIL?

      • Astonman

        2 reasons –
        1. Tesla pushed electric cars to the forefront thus possibly killing the ICE
        2. Elon.

        Not my feelings just stating facts

  • SteersUright

    I suppose this could mean lower CG and instant torque, but also tons of weight.

  • Patrick

    I’d like to know where all the electricity will come from. most city’s electrical grids are at full capacity in the summer

    • scjeff

      Most, not all, EV charging is done overnight when grids usually have excess capacity. A transition to the fleet takes years, maybe decades, so there should be time for electricity vendors to adjust to the new loads.

  • TrevP

    I am all for using cleaner energy and shi* with electric cars and such. But with as fast as we are moving in this direction we need to figure out how we are going to constantly be charging these things. We need chargers everywhere we go in order for it to work.

    • assassingtr

      It is a pain, especially in socal if you pull into a supercharge station; good luck getting a spot.

  • salamOOn

    ONLY electric or also fully electric…..?

    • assassingtr

      The article is misleading but it has to be “also” I believe. They wouldn’t cannibalize their own car.

    • D4VE THEFIRST

      ONLY electric.

  • Elmediterraneo

    So the next Audi Q5 (and maybe with Sportback-like Q6 variant) will be the only petrol car from the Volkswagen in the premium mid-size SUV segment…

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