There were rumours before, but Porsche has now confirmed that the next generation Macan will a a full electric SUV. It is due to roll off the Leipzig plant at the start of the next decade, which isn’t too far away.

When it surfaces, the electric Macan will expand Porsche’s electric range. The Taycan will be Stuttgart’s first pure EV when it reaches the market at the end of this year (Malaysian launch in 2020), followed shortly by the Taycan Cross Turismo variant. Make no mistake, Porsche’s future is electric and the days of the internal combustion engine is slowly coming to an end.

“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,” said Porsche chairman Oliver Blume.

“Nevertheless, over the next 10 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.” he added.

Porsche says that the decision to build the next Macan at the company’s Leipzig site was taken as early as the beginning of July 2018, and making this investment in electromobility at Leipzig creates the opportunity to produce EVs on the existing production line in future.

Like the Taycan, the next-gen Macan will feature 800-volt technology and is based on the Porsche PPE (Premium Platform Electric) architecture developed in collaboration with Volkswagen Group sister brand Audi, which is marketing EVs under the e-tron name.

Porsche’s Leipzig site started production of the Cayenne SUV in 2002 with 259 employees. Since then, it has been expanded to a full plant with its own body shop and paint shop. Today, the factory produces over 90,000 units per year and employs more than 4,000 people. The carmaker says that it has invested more than 1.3 billion euros in the German plant since its groundbreaking ceremony in 2000.

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