Article By Richard Aucock

Porsche previews all-electric Macan

Porsche is readying an all-electric version of its next-generation Macan SUV and has gone public with the project for the first time

Porsche will launch an all-electric Macan in 2023 and has revealed first images of the new EV undergoing initial testing in Germany.

The heavily-camouflaged cars are beginning tests on public roads as part of Porsche’s extensive real-life assessments.

By the time the new car is launched in 2023, Porsche estimates test cars will have covered around three million kilometres – that’s almost two million miles…

Porsche has also created 20 digital prototypes to further hone the vital new Macan EV, which the firm says is helping it develop innovations such as a completely new display and operating concept for the dashboard.

“Simulation allows us to assess displays, operating procedures and the changing influences during a journey from the driver’s point of view,” said Porsche interior expert Fabian Klausmann.

Non-expert ‘test drivers’ join the engineers in the simulation lab, so it can be optimised even before the first physical cockpit has been built.

Porsche R&D bord member Dr Michael Steiner reveals the new electric Macan will, like the Taycan, use a high-power 800-volt architecture and “offer typical Porsche E-Performance”.

With a long-distance range, high-performance fast charging and best-in-class performance, “the all-electric Macan will be the sportiest model in its segment”.

Porsche is building the new Macan EV on an all-new architecture called Premium Platform Electric, or PPE.

However, EV fans need to be patient, as it won’t be the first new Macan to arrive on sale, revealed Dr Steiner.

“We’re going to launch another conventionally powered successor to the current Macan in the course of 2021… in Europe, demand for electric vehicles continues to rise, but the pace of change varies considerably across the world.

“The new combustion-engined Macan models will be offered alongside the all-electric Macan in the future.”

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