Porsche will be introducing the new Macan in 2022 that will include a fully electric e-Macan built on a dedicated electric platform. This week, the company issued an update on the arrangements at the manufacturing facility in Leipzig, Germany to induct the electric crossover.
Porsche says that construction work is on schedule and the work (external) on the body shop for the second-gen Macan is complete. What ensues is setting up the plant inside the building. Gerd Rupp, Chairman of the Executive Board at Porsche Leipzig GmbH, says the time between now and the SOP (start of production) would be a test but it is also an opportunity to future-proof the facility and function as a team.
Porsche has spent more than 600 million euro at its Leipzig plant for this extension. Construction began at the new body shop with a total area of 75,500 square metres in March 2019. When work is finished, the plant will produce petrol, hybrid and electric vehicles. Though the staff at the plant have been working with and producing hybrid vehicles for ten years, Porsche says it has already begun the qualification measures for the purely electric Macan.
June 24, 2020 –
Speaking to CAR magazine, Dr Michael Steiner, Porsche’s Engineering Chief, has said that the company started to develop the electrified Macan jointly with Audi and will be based on the Premium Platform Electric (PPE). Revealing more about the PPE, Dr Steiner said that this is a completely different platform from what supports the Taycan (J1 platform). While the J1 is designed for low-floored cars, PPE will be underpinning high-floored cars like Macan and similar SUVs. PPE will be equipped with the same 800-volt electrical architecture from the Taycan, so rapid charging is assured. In the Taycan’s case, the charging duration for 5-80 percent SoC (state of charge) is just 22.5 minutes at a 800-volt high-power charging station (available at the Porsche dealer network) with a maximum charging capacity (peak) of 270 kW. The e-Macan is expected to be offered in single and dual motor options for rear-wheel and all-wheel-drive layouts.
The e-Macan will be manufactured at Porsche’s Leipzig factory in Germany and will include Turbo and Turbo S versions as well. Porsche will be offering the Macan in ICE and all-electric versions simultaneously for few more years. Dr Steiner says that for markets like USA and Russia where the EV penetration is comparatively less, the Macan will be continued in petrol variants and could switch to fully-electric models for China and Europe.
March 23, 2020 –
According to a report from German auto publication Automobilwoche, Porsche Executive Board Member for Development Dr Michael Steiner has reportedly said that the production of the electric Macan is expected to begin at the end of 2022. Porsche will likely debut the electric version of Macan sometime in 2021, a year before production kicks off. The Volkswagen Group’s Premium Platform Electric (PPE) architecture will support the battery electric crossover.
Though there are no details about the technical part of it vehicle, we can expect the Macan to inherit the 93.4 kWh battery pack from Porsche Taycan Turbo. The battery pack comes in two power outputs for the Taycan – 500 kW (680 PS) for the Turbo and 560 kW (761 PS) for the Turbo S. The same can be expected for the Macan and the variants could be following the nomenclature of the Taycan.
A rumour doing the rounds is that Porsche will be offering the Macan with only the electric powertrain starting 2024. This would be a bold move from Porsche as the Macan is its best-selling model globally, powered by turbocharged petrol engines. Given the automobile industry’s gradual shift towards the electric technology, it is not surprising Porsche would want to be ahead of the curve and offer a vehicle that is quiet, quick and costs a fraction to maintain, however many markets don’t have the infrastructure to support EVs and it would be a misstep if the vehicle comes before there are adequate fast-charging stations. The Macan has become the best selling Porsche in a short span of time (unveiled in 2013) and in 2019, Porsche delivered a total of 99,944 units of the crossover-SUV, an increase of 16 per cent from 2018.
Though Porsche is looking at electrifying its cars, the Stuttgart-based sports car manufacturer has said they will not build an electric Boxster or Cayman as the cars are compact and plonking big batteries into these architectures will affect handling.