The Porsche Taycan is a pretty decent luxury electric car with really impressive specifications but the German automaker won’t be stopping just there as reports has it that the company has recently confirmed that it will be developing the Macan EV as well.
In fact, there are some spy shots of the vehicle already being tested out and is slated to go on sale by 2023 even though not the full story of the car is out yet.
“It’s the next right step for Porsche,” Michael Steiner, member of the company’s executive board for research and development, told journalists on a call earlier this week.
Among the interesting things to expect when the car debut includes being the first car to be built on Porsche’s new dedicated EV architecture which it calls the PPE (Premium Platform Electric) and its expected to be sold along with other gas-powered version of the car.
This Macan will be the first vehicle built on Porsche’s new dedicated electric vehicle architecture, called PPE (for Premium Platform Electric), and it will be sold alongside the gas-powered version.
The Macan and Macan EV will be “very close” in terms of size, Steiner said, though the two SUVs won’t share common architecture.
Also the car might not even be called “Macan EV”. “We call it internally Macan electric,” Steiner said. “The final decision whether it will be [named] Macan in the market is not decided today.”
The success of the Porsche Taycan will become the platform for the Macan EV to ride on according to Steiner who said the car will use the 800-volt architecture taken from the Taycan to the PPE platform for the Macan.
One of the many concerns of buyers of the Taycan is the range and Steiner wants us to believe that won’t be the case with the Macan which will have a really longer range.
“We learned range and range anxiety is an issue in some markets,” he said, and while exact specifications are still TBD right now, Steiner said the Macan will have “significantly more [range] than the Taycan.”
Like the Taycan, the Macan EV will likely be offered with two different battery sizes, but not necessarily in every country. “Technically we are prepared for two battery sizes but we learned … most customers look for the bigger range,” Steiner said. “Most probably we will look at least in the North American market for having one, and this would be the bigger battery.”
The base model and the upscaled version of the Porsche Taycan comes with a 79.2 kilowatt-hour battery while there is an optional 93.4 kilowatt-hour pack powering the Taycan Turbo, Turbo S and other Taycan Cross Turismo wagon.
According tot reports, the development of the Macan EV is at its final stage and it’s expected to be out by the year 2023.
“By the time the all-electric Macan is launched onto the market in 2023, it will have covered some 3 million test kilometers worldwide in varying conditions,” the company said in a statement. Porsche said it is also running 20 digital prototypes, “for the purpose of simulation in a number of development categories, such as aerodynamics, energy management, operation and acoustics.”
Porsche just like others are already working hard towards the future electrification and renewable energy in an attempt to save the planet from deadly gas emissions.
The company expects electrified vehicles (hybrids and EVs) to account for majority of its car sales (80%) by the year 2030.