The subsequent Porsche Macan might be purely electrical

Yes, you learn that appropriately. The Macan — Porsche’s compact SUV and the corporate’s best-selling mannequin — might be an electric-only affair within the not-too-distant future.

The next-generation Macan will go into manufacturing “early in the next decade,” Porsche confirmed in an announcement Tuesday, and might be constructed on the identical facility as the present Macan, in Leipzig, Germany. The Macan will journey on the PPE (Premium Platform Electric) structure being co-developed by Audi, which is able to underpin a lot of EVs throughout Volkswagen Group manufacturers.

Specific particulars are slim as of now, Porsche solely confirming the Macan could have 800-volt charging expertise. For reference, Audi says the 800-volt system will enable its upcoming E-Tron GT to attain an 80-percent cost — good for about 200 miles — in simply 20 minutes.

“Green” will quickly apply to extra than simply the Macan’s paint.

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The Macan EV will arrive on the heels of Porsche’s Taycan hatchback and Taycan Cross Turismo high-riding wagon, previously often known as the Mission E. “By 2022 we will be investing more than 6 billion euros in electric mobility, and by 2025, 50 percent of all new Porsche vehicles could have an electric drive system,” Oliver Blume, chairman of the board of administration for Porsche AG, mentioned in an announcement.

As of now, the Macan is Porsche’s best-selling mannequin by a protracted shot. The firm bought 23,504 Macans in 2018, greater than doubling the gross sales of its second-best-selling mannequin, the Cayenne SUV. In truth, final yr, the Macan outsold your complete Porsche 911, 718 and Panamera mannequin ranges mixed.

Whether or not this might be a wise transfer stays to be seen. The world EV charging infrastructure will little question get extra sturdy over the approaching years, and by reworking its hottest mannequin into an electric-only providing, Porsche is certainly leaping on that bandwagon one thing fierce.

“Our aim is to take a pioneering role in technology,” Blume mentioned, “and for this reason we will continue to consistently align the company with the mobility of the future.”