Porsche has announced today that the next-generation Macan will be all-electric and they have started investing at their Leipzig factory to prepare for the transition.
As we reported yesterday, the move has been rumored, but Porsche’s board has now officially approved the next-gen Macan as the company’s “first all-electric compact SUV”.
Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Board of Management of Porsche AG, commented today:
“Electromobility and Porsche go together perfectly; not just because they share a high-efficiency approach, but especially because of their sporty character. 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.”
Porsche said that it will unveil the purely electric Macan “at the end of 2019, followed shortly thereafter by its derivative, the Taycan Cross Turismo.”
The vehicle should go into production “at the start of the next decade.”
Porsche confirmed that it will be their first vehicle based the PPE, which is a next-gen electric platform called Premium Platform Electric (PPE) that both Porsche and Audi have been collaborating on over the past two years.
This is great news.
After reports that Porsche is considering increasing production of the Taycan to around 40,000 units, which is a lot for the German premium automaker, the production of the Macan going all-electric would be an important next step.
Porsche currently produces 90,000 Macan SUVs per year in Leipzig.
That’s a significant vehicle program to electrify for them and after the Taycan, Taycan Cross Turismo, Porsche should be able to achieve some decent volumes of electric vehicle production in the next few years.
Also, it is going to result in virtually the entire premium compact SUV segment being all-electric with the Tesla, Audi, Mercedes, and BMW also all having announced upcoming all-electric vehicles in this segment for 2020-2021.
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