Let's Talk Electric Porsche Macan
It’s been known for a while now that Porsche will release the Macan EV soon since Porsche dropped the news that an electric version of their best selling SUV was in development about two years ago. It’s just now that we’re starting to get some details of what it will have to offer.
It’s been an unusually slow process to bring the Porsche Macan EV into production but it kind of makes sense when you consider that the Macan is Porsche’s best-selling car. Before they release a new version of it into the hands of excited Porsche fans, they want to make sure they get it right.
As you saw from the spy shots, it doesn’t look too far from being production ready with its camo almost completely dropped. However, the design we see in the spy photos may still change, especially in details such as the bumper, side skirts and diffuser. That’s what I’m experimenting with in this design taking more inspiration from the Taycan but having it fit the proportions of the Macan. The final production Macan EV is set to be unveiled sometime later this year and go on sale in 2023.
I think it’s going to be one of the best looking EVs out there. If you like the Taycan and Macan design, you’ll most likely appreciate the Macan EV as well.
One interesting thing to note is that Porsche isn’t replacing the gas-powered Macan with the EV since they’ve confirmed that they will launch a brand new internal combustion engine Macan at the same time.
There’s no info on pricing as of today but don’t expect it to be cheap. It is still a Porsche. Just as an example, the base price for the Porsche Taycan EV starts at $80,000 and if you want the top of the line Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo you’re looking at $185,000.
When it comes to charging, the Macan EV will have the same 800-volt charging system as the Taycan EV meaning you’ll be able to charge it up at a maximum speed of 270kW. The battery sizes are currently unknown but again if we look at the Taycan, it comes with either a 79.2 or a larger 93.4 kWh battery.
So what about range? I’d say that’s still the biggest challenge for modern day EVs and since this is a family SUV, we know it will offer more range than the Taycan. The 2021 Taycan 4S has an EPA-estimated range of 227 miles, which should be the absolute minimum of what you can expect from the Macan EV.
It would make more sense to be closer to the 300 mile mark if Porsche really want to be competitive in this specific market.
Porsche’s goal when it comes to electrification is to have 80% of the lineup being powered by electricity or be plug-in hybrids by 2030.