Porsche to make electric SUV as the Macan gets an overhaul

The Electric Macan features 800-volt technology and is based on the Porsche PPE architecture

The Electric Macan features 800-volt technology and is based on the Porsche PPE architecture

"Electromobility and Porsche go together perfectly; not just because they share a high-efficiency approach, but especially due to their sporty character", Porsche chairman Oliver Blume said in a statement.

The electric Macan will feature 800-volt technology, like the Taycan, and will be based on the PPE architecture - which stands for Premium Platform Electric - developed in collaboration with Audi.

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.

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The all-electric Macan will be built at Porsche's Leipzig plant and debut in 2020. Taking on Tesla's Model S, the auto - 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.

Production of the electric Macan is expected to begin in the next few years, at the same plant in Leipzig, Germany, where the current petrol-engine version is made. The Audi e-tron, for example, uses the VW Group's Major League Baseball platform instead.

The choice of the Macan as Porsche's third all-electric makes ideal sense. With the right 350 kW charger, Porsche has said, the Taycan's battery could add 60 miles of range every four minutes.

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Porsche says that by 2025 half of its new vehicles could have an electric drive system.

When the factory started building the Macan 40,000 units per year of the compact SUV were planned; today it produces more than 90,000 units annually for global markets and there are now more than 4,000 employees at the site.

Launched in the United States in 2015, the Macan is a small crossover that has enabled the Porsche brand to ride the SUV wave while maintaining its faithful fan base.

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Whether or not this will be a smart move remains to be seen. It will roll off the assembly line at the start of the next decade.

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