Porsche Macan EV

  • 2024 Porsche Macan EV – 2nd-gen goes electric with up to 639 PS, 1,130 Nm, 0-100 in 3.3s and 613 km range

    2024 Porsche Macan EV – 2nd-gen goes electric with up to 639 PS, 1,130 Nm, 0-100 in 3.3s and 613 km range

    The 2024 Porsche Macan has just been unveiled and yes, it’s now a full electric SUV. The all-new second-generation Macan is Porsche’s second all-electric model after the Taycan, and its first core model to be transformed into an EV – the rest are set to follow. Fret not however, as the new Macan is still a Porsche first and foremost, and an EV second.

    Its global debut happened right next door to us in Singapore, and with the Macan name originating from our other neighbour Indonesia (though it has abandoned its native pronunciation for a more Western-friendly one), it appears Porsche’s compact SUV model has close connections to this part of the world. After all, we do love our SUVs, don’t we?

    The second-generation Macan comes a full 10 years after the original version, which has gone through two separate facelifts (one in 2018, and another in 2022). Interestingly, the OG Macan will continue to be sold in markets that are less ready to transition into EVs, but Porsche has confirmed that development for it has stopped, and it will continue on as is with no further updates.

    Making the Macan an EV-only model is certainly a bold choice, especially with it being one of the brand’s best-selling models alongside the Cayenne – 844,236 units of the Macan have been sold by the end of 2023. However, Porsche has stopped short of declaring that the electric Macan will surpass the original in sales volume, as demand for EVs fluctuate globally country by country.

    2024 Porsche Macan EV – 2nd-gen goes electric with up to 639 PS, 1,130 Nm, 0-100 in 3.3s and 613 km range

    Still, Porsche is confident enough to say the new Macan (it’s just called that, with no EV or Electric suffix, which may make things rather confusing in markets that will have the old ICE model sold alongside) is a significant improvement over its predecessor in just about every single aspect. It’s larger, more dynamic, far quicker, with improved comfort levels too.

    It starts off with an all-new dedicated EV platform, the Premium Platform Electric (PPE). It’s a shared development within the larger Volkswagen Group, which will soon spawn the closely-related Audi Q6 e-tron. For the Macan, it represents a massive leap forward as the original model sat on the bones of the first-gen Audi Q5, itself dating all the way back to 2008.

    As to be expected, the second-generation Macan has grown in all directions, and it now measures 4,784 mm long (+58 mm), 1,938 mm wide (+11 mm) and 1,622 mm high (+26 mm), with a wheelbase of 2,893 mm (+86 mm). In person however, it still appears very much like a compact, sporty SUV, and one that is instantly recognisable as a Porsche and more specifically, a Macan.

    The fresh platform adopts a state-of-the-art 800-volt electrical architecture that matches the Taycan. It also brings plenty of new technologies to the table for the Macan, including a more advanced two-valve air suspension dampers (offers a wider spectrum between comfort and agility) and rear-axle steering (up to five degrees).

    Two variants are available at launch: Macan 4 and the flagship Macan Turbo. Both have dual motor AWD set ups, with the “base” model offering up to 408 PS (300 kW) and 650 Nm of torque in overboost mode. That’s enough for the Macan 4 to shoot up to 100 km/h in just 5.2 seconds, all the way to a top speed of 220 km/h.

    To put that into perspective, that’s already a similar level of performance (on paper at least) of the outgoing Macan S with its 2.9 litre twin-turbo V6 engine. In fact, the new Macan 4 now offers a full 100 Nm more torque than the top-of-the-range Macan GTS from before!

    Move on to the new Macan Turbo and things get properly bonkers. You now get up to 639 PS (470 kW) and 1,130 Nm of torque – more than double that of the old GTS – and a supercar-baiting 0-100 km/h time of just 3.3 seconds. Its top speed is relatively high for an EV too, at 260 km/h.

    The Macan eschews the rear-mounted two-speed transmission employed by the Taycan. “It doesn’t need it; we’ve learned a lot since the Taycan,” said Robert Meier, chief development manager of the new Macan. Whether you’re driving the Macan 4 or Turbo, you’ll be blown away by their high speed performance, we’ve been assured.

    2024 Porsche Macan EV – 2nd-gen goes electric with up to 639 PS, 1,130 Nm, 0-100 in 3.3s and 613 km range

    Macan 4 on left, Macan Turbo right.

    Also improved from the Taycan is the high-voltage battery, now larger at an even 100 kWh (95 kWh usable). Just a single battery option is offered now (Taycan had two), as the team has fully optimised the size and packaging of the Macan. Having more options would just complicate and compromise things, said Maier.

    Speaking of the battery, however, it remains a lithium nickel-manganese-cobalt (NMC) unit like in the Taycan, instead of an iron phosphate (LFP) pack. “We picked NCM because it gives us a better energy density for our chosen size and packaging,” explained Maier at the global launch. As it is, weight has gone up (around 2.3 tonnes for the Turbo) but not excessively so, he added.

    With that battery, which is relatively large for a compact SUV, the Macan 4 offers a combined range of up to 613 km on the WLTP cycle, while the significantly more powerful Macan Turbo isn’t far behind with 591 km. Plenty of work was put into ensuring the Turbo having near-negligible range deficit vs the 4 (just -3.6%), so its customers do not have to choose between performance and range.

    To charge the battery back up, Porsche claims a maximum DC rate of up to 270 kW on 800 V chargers, or up to 135 kW on 400 V chargers. In ideal conditions, both variants of the Macan can go from 10 to 80% state of charge in just 21 minutes or in other words, gain 100 km of range in as little as four minutes.

    2024 Porsche Macan EV – 2nd-gen goes electric with up to 639 PS, 1,130 Nm, 0-100 in 3.3s and 613 km range

    However, the new Macan is somehow saddled with an 11 kW onboard AC charger instead of the full 22 kW, which is undoubtedly unimpressive for a brand new EV in 2024. The decision was made for packaging reasons, Maier claimed, though he did hint that an improvement may be introduced at a later date.

    On a more positive note, the Macan does have, in typical Porsche EV fashion, two charging ports. Like the Taycan, it gets an AC+DC CCS port on the driver’s side and an AC plug on the passenger side, though they have now been moved aft of the rear doors. Both charging flaps slide away electrically and elegantly with a gentle push on the doors.

    Moving on to styling, Porsche has made it a point to not distinguish its electric models from the rest of the range. Thus, the second-generation model looks very much like a new Porsche Macan, and less like a typical electric SUV. It certainly helps that Porsche has traditionally never had a grille on its nose as a defining styling element.

    The designers have taken full advantage of the freedom offered by no longer having an engine under the bonnet, however. The Macan’s nose has been lowered quite significantly, while the wings now appear far more pronounced to resemble Porsche’s traditional sportscars more closely. In the flesh, it’s an absolute stunner.

    2024 Porsche Macan EV – 2nd-gen goes electric with up to 639 PS, 1,130 Nm, 0-100 in 3.3s and 613 km range

    A dramatic change for Porsche is the move towards having split headlamps. The four-point lights clusters within the bonnet are merely LED daytime-running lights, while the main beams embedded within the front bumper. It’s certainly not the first time this trick has been used, but it’s definitely one of the neatest executions of it yet.

    On its side, the Macan Mk2 retains its signature side blades (still available in multiple finishes from textured plastic to gloss black and surely, carbon), while fresh to the nameplate are frameless double glazed windows. The sleek roofline now follows Porsche’s iconic “flyline” more closely and with it, the new Macan looks more so like a sports SUV than even the Cayenne Coupe ever did.

    Adding on to the sporty character is the full-width LED light strip at the back, giving it more than a passing resemblance to the latest 911. The Porsche script now sits in the centre of the sculptural 3D lighting set up. What’s missing are visible spoilers or wings of any kind, giving the new Macan a very clean look overall. Instead, it relies on an adaptive rear spoiler for downforce and a more menacing appearance at speed.

    Aerodynamics are obviously crucial to an EV, and it has been an integral part of the Macan’s design from the outset. Clever use of active cooling flaps up front, a fully sealed underbody and the aforementioned rear wing and lowered nose have resulted in a massive improvement in terms of its drag coefficient – a drop from 0.35 to just 0.25 Cd. It’s said that this alone has contributed to an extra 85 km of range.

    2024 Porsche Macan EV – 2nd-gen goes electric with up to 639 PS, 1,130 Nm, 0-100 in 3.3s and 613 km range

    Moving on inside, the all-new Macan appears to have combined the interiors of the Taycan and the latest Cayenne facelift. The result is a typically high-tech Porsche dashboard that avoids being too futuristic or generic like in many new EVs. There are plenty of screen real estate though, with a free-standing 12.6-inch curved driver’s display, 10.9-inch centre screen and an optional 10.9-inch panel for the front passenger, but it distinctly avoids the dreaded “nothing but screens” look.

    The digital instrument panel is taken straight off the Taycan, and now allows Apple CarPlay and Android Auto maps to be displayed right in front of the driver. Above that is a head-up display with augmented reality (AR) tech, said to appear like an 87-inch display placed at a distance of 10 metres ahead.

    Also new is the centre screen, now based on Android Automotive OS, allowing direct access to popular map apps natively. The best part is, Porsche has seen the need to retain plenty of physical controls on the centre console (now with plenty of cubby space with the lack of a transmission tunnel), including rocker switches for temperature and fan, as well as a volume knob.

    2024 Porsche Macan EV – 2nd-gen goes electric with up to 639 PS, 1,130 Nm, 0-100 in 3.3s and 613 km range

    The third display in front of the passenger can play videos from YouTube or even TikTok, with a special film in place so the driver won’t be distracted while on the move. Speaking of, the driver is seated up to 28 mm lower in the cabin for a more connected feel with the car – an impressive feat considering the battery pack is placed under the floor.

    At the back, the Macan remains a snug fit for tall adults, but the second-generation model does offer more leg- and headroom than the original version. The boot is also larger than before at up to 540 litres (up from 488 litres), with an additional 84 litres of frunk storage that can be accessed by simply waving your hand over the Porsche emblem on the bonnet. Clever stuff.

    No word on pricing for Malaysia just yet, but being fully electric and thus tax free, the 2024 Porsche Macan should be significantly more affordable than the outgoing model, which is currently priced between RM469,000 and RM895,000. So, the all-new Macan, any takers yet? Comment below!



    GALLERY: 2024 Porsche Macan 4
    GALLERY: 2024 Porsche Macan Turbo

     
     
  • Porsche Macan EV sketch teased ahead of reveal

    Porsche Macan EV sketch teased ahead of reveal

    Porsche has teased the next generation Porsche Macan ahead of its reveal on January 25 2024. The teaser comes in the form of two sketches showing the front and rear end of the Macan.

    Unlike the current Macan which is a regular ICE car, the new Macan will be electric. It’s built on the the PPE platform, and not the J1 platform that its EV sibling, the Taycan sits on. The PPE platform is co-developed with Audi, and it will be shared with the Q6 e-tron.

    Battery capacity has now been confirmed by Porsche to be 100 kWh, or 95 kWh of usable capacity. The Macan employs 800-volt electrical architecture that supports up to 270 kW of DC charging. This way, a 10-80% state of charge is achieved in as little as 22 minutes. With its drag coefficient of 0.25, battery range will be more than 500 km on the WLTP test protocol across all variants, says Porsche.

    Porsche Macan EV sketch teased ahead of reveal

    Initially, the automaker says that two variants of the Macan EV will be offered at launch, these being an entry-level model and a top-of-the-range version, which could be the Macan 4 and Turbo. A third base variant with a single motor is likely to be offered later. We can expect the Turbo to have around 612 PS (603 hp or 450 kW) and 1,000 Nm. Power is transmitted to the wheels on the front and rear axles via a two-stage single-speed transmission.

    Porsche says he Macan EV promises to be the sportiest offering in its segment, thanks to a performance rear axle that places the rear electric motor as far back as possible, shifting the weight balance to a 48:52 split. Meanwhile, certain variants will come with Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus, a fully-variable electronically-controlled rear differential, and for the first time, the packaging with the Performance rear end allows for the introduction of a rear-wheel steering system.

    Porsche Macan EV sketch teased ahead of reveal

    Porsche previously teased an official image of the car’s interior. The dash is rather similar to that on the new Panamera. Digital screens lead the way in visually, with up to three such units available for the Porsche Driver Experience console. The first is a 12.6-inch free-standing curved display for the instrument cluster, while the second is a centrally-positioned high-resolution, 10.9-inch touch display in full HD quality.

    The third is an optional passenger display, also measuring 10.9 inches, and this can be used by the passenger to view content while the car is in motion without impacting the driver, courtesy of a special film covering that prevents any viewing of the panel from the driver’s seat.

    What do you think of the new Macan’s move to being electric. Are you excited about it, or do you prefer to have an ICE Macan instead?

     
     
  • 2024 Porsche Macan EV – 2nd-gen SUV debuts January 25; over 500 km range WLTP on all variants

    2024 Porsche Macan EV – 2nd-gen SUV debuts January 25; over 500 km range WLTP on all variants

    The trickle feed of information on the upcoming, second-generation Porsche Macan continues, as the official Porsche website has teased the SUV’s debut date that will be January 25.

    The launch of the second-generation Macan comes ten years after the end-2013 debut of the original model, with a number of facelifts given along the way; the first made its debut in 2018, followed by a second update in 2021.

    Presented at the brand’s experience centre in Leipzig, Germany, we’ve covered the technical details, here. Now, the manufacturer has expanded further upon those, along with releasing more images of the next-generation SUV in lightly camouflaged pre-production form.

    Architecture for the Macan EV is the PPE platform, and not the J1 platform that its EV sibling, the Taycan sits on. The PPE platform is co-developed with Audi, and it will be shared with the Q6 e-tron.

    Battery capacity has now been confirmed by Porsche to be 100 kWh, or 95 kWh of usable capacity, and as disclosed previously, the vehicle employs 800-volt electrical architecture that supports up to 270 kW of DC charging. This way, a 10-80% state of charge is achieved in as little as 22 minutes. With its drag coefficient of 0.25, battery range will be more than 500 km on the WLTP test protocol across all variants, says Porsche.

    In contrast to the Taycan, there is no high-voltage (HV) booster in the Macan EV, and when it is connected to 400 V charging, the vehicle will use ‘bank charging’ that switches via software to divide the battery into two 400-volt units in parallel, enabling quicker charging with 400 volts each. Meanwhile, a maximum of 11 kW AC charging is supported, with a higher AC charging output rating said to be on its way for the Macan.

    For peak outputs, the Macan in its top variant form will offer 450 kW (612 PS) and 1,000 Nm of torque in overboost mode, with rear axle-biased output distribution, though no performance figures have been divulged yet. In terms of durability testing, the Macan EV has undergone more that 3.5 million km of testing on tracks and public roads, in temperatures ranging from minus 30 degrees Celsius, to 50 degrees Celsius.

    GALLERY: 2024 Porsche Macan EV, pre-production in Leipzig, Germany

     
     
  • 2024 Porsche Macan EV – new tech details, interior revealed; two variants at launch, Macan 4 and Turbo

    2024 Porsche Macan EV – new tech details, interior revealed; two variants at launch, Macan 4 and Turbo

    Porsche has announced more technical details about the second-generation Macan, which will be making its debut next year. Electrification is of course the big news with this one, with the new iteration of the compact SUV set to be the automaker’s second fully-electric offering after the Taycan.

    It won’t sit on the Taycan’s J1 platform, but instead be underpinned by the Volkswagen Group’s new Premium Platform Electric (PPE) architecture the company co-developed with Audi, with the latter due to utilise it for the Q6 e-tron, essentially a four-ringed twin to the Macan. The PPE will enable a wide range of models with rear- and all-wheel drive and various performance levels to be built on it.

    Initially, the automaker says that two variants of the Macan EV will be offered at launch, these being an entry-level model and a top-of-the-range version, which could be the Macan 4 and Turbo, as suggested by door sill monikers noted on the cars seen in these photos. Word is that there will be three specifications, with a base single-motor model coming into play at a later point.

    2024 Porsche Macan EV – new tech details, interior revealed; two variants at launch, Macan 4 and Turbo

    It was previously mentioned that maximum output presented by the electrified powertrain would be around 612 PS (603 hp or 450 kW) and 1,000 Nm, and these numbers were reiterated during a technology workshop briefing the company held for the car in Germany back in October.

    Like the Taycan, the Macan utilises permanently excited synchronous electric motors (PSM) and 800 volt technology. However, despite early suggestions that DC fast charging capability could be up from the 270 kW of the Taycan, the rate on the Macan is in the same ballpark, with the mention of the ability to charge at rates of up to 270 kW. As for AC, the Macan EV will feature a 11 kW onboard AC charger at point of launch, but faster AC charging is said to be on the way.

    The car’s lithium-ion battery, which sits in the underbody, consists of 12 modules – each with 15 prismatic nickel-manganese cobalt cells, making for 180 in all – connected in series, and has a total gross capacity of around 100 kWh. No nett capacity numbers as of yet, so we’ll have to wait for that. In terms of energy density, the unit is around 30% higher than the previous iteration.

    A lightweight but tough glass-fibre composite under-body guard protects the battery from mechanical damage from below, while a cooling plate is integrated into the battery housing. Porsche says the battery is repairable, as the individual modules and other important components can be replaced without sacrificing the entire unit. It has even been water tested for immersion and said to have aced it, although the short cycle quoted hardly constitutes flooding as we know it.

    Hooked up to a DC charger capable of dishing out the juice in suitable fashion, the battery can be charged from a 10 to 80% state of charge (SoC) in less than 22 minutes. On the move, up to about 240 kW of recuperation is possible, depending on how much the driver presses the brake pedal as well as the temperature and the battery’s SoC, among other factors. Speaking of charging, two charging ports can be found on both sides. In most markets, these offer the possibility to charge with AC, with DC charging being carried out on the left side port.

    New innovations abound, some determined by cost and space considerations. It was pointed out that unlike the Taycan, there’s no high-voltage booster in the Macan. Instead, when presented with 400 volt charging, the car utilises ‘bank charging,’ a setup that uses software and switches to divide the battery pack into two 400 volt units connected in parallel, so they can be charged faster with 400 volts each.

    2024 Porsche Macan EV – new tech details, interior revealed; two variants at launch, Macan 4 and Turbo

    As for the DC fast charging components, these – along with the onboard AC charger, high-voltage heater and DC/DC converter – are packaged into what the company calls the Integrated Power Box (IPB). Tipping the scales at around 19 kgs, the IPB is about three kg lighter than conventional components, and its compactness means it can be positioned under the rear bench seat above the battery to save space. Aside from optimising the weight distribution of the vehicle, the unit also enables a larger luggage compartment to be had.

    The power electronics have also taken a big step forward: to optimise the effectiveness, silicon carbide (SiC) is used instead of silicon as the semiconductor material in the pulse inverter (PWR) on the rear axle. This significantly reduces switching losses in the PWR and enables higher switching frequencies.

    For maximum power density, the water jacket cooling has also been improved compared to that of the Taycan. An example of the further comprehensive optimisations in the PSMs is what is known as the double V lamination – the arrangement of the magnets within the rotors. The wires of the stators are wound using the hairpin method for the electric motor on the front axle and the I-pin method for the power unit on the rear axle. This U- or I-shaped arrangement increases the copper filling level of the grooves.

    Elsewhere, power is transmitted to the wheels on the front and rear axles via a two-stage single-speed transmission. Instead of one large gear wheel, the transmission utilises two smaller wheels, making for the two-stage set-up. This, the automaker says, enables the unit to be made compact.

    The company says the Macan EV promises to be the sportiest offering in its segment, thanks to a performance rear axle that places the rear electric motor as far back as possible, shifting the weight balance to a 48:52 split. Meanwhile, certain variants will come with Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus, a fully-variable electronically-controlled rear differential, and for the first time, the packaging with the Performance rear end allows for the introduction of a rear-wheel steering system.

    At speeds of up to around 80 km/h, the rear wheels steer in the opposite direction to the front wheels, with a maximum steering angle at the rear axle of up to five degrees when parking, making the process easier thanks to the turning circle being reduced by around one metre.

    At speeds above 80 km/h, the rear wheels steer in the same direction as the front axle, virtually lengthening the wheelbase to increase driving stability. The rear-wheel steering is accompanied by a 15% more direct steering ratio on the front axle, offering improved rack feel and driving dynamics.

    The Macan EV will be available with a standard steel suspension as well as an optional air suspension.The Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) setup features two-valve dampers that can adjust independently. Meanwhile, wheel choices (of which you can see three in the photos) of up to 22-inch units are available for the car, with tyres in staggered widths being standard fit, to better deal with the rearward weight bias.

    The technical updates also provides the first official image of the car’s interior, which the company didn’t allow any photos of during the technology workshop outing. We finally get to see the dash, rather similar to that on the new Panamera. Digital screens lead the way in visually, with up to three such units available for the Porsche Driver Experience console.

    2024 Porsche Macan EV – new tech details, interior revealed; two variants at launch, Macan 4 and Turbo

    The first is a 12.6-inch free-standing curved display for the instrument cluster, while the second is a centrally-positioned high-resolution, 10.9-inch touch display in full HD quality. The third is an optional passenger display, also measuring 10.9 inches, and this can be used by the passenger to view content while the car is in motion without impacting the driver, courtesy of a special film covering that prevents any viewing of the panel from the driver’s seat.

    The Macan EV will also feature a head-up display with augmented reality technology, presenting key data to the driver in an image that appears at a distance of 10 metres and corresponds to the size of an 87-inch display.

    Elsewhere, six new languages/dialects – Turkish, Czech, Hungarian, Portuguese, Taiwanese and Cantonese – have been added to the voice assistant compared to the current Porsche models, bringing the total to 23, and improvements have come about to the voice assistant.

    The biggest news regarding interior electronics, however, is the switch to Android Automotive OS as the operating system for the Porsche Communication Management (PCM), which brings along with it a new hub for connectivity services in the form of the Porsche App Centre. Besides providing faster access times, the automaker says that going the Android route opens up digital content options significantly for users, allowing them to directly install and use their favourite third-party apps just like on their mobile devices.

    At point of the new Macan’s launch, a variety of apps of different categories will be available, including the likes of Spotify, Amazon Music and TuneIn Radio for European markets as well as YouTube streaming. Additionally, smartphone integration of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto has also been improved as a result of the new OS – when using Apple CarPlay, the Apple map is displayed in the instrument cluster, as is Google Maps when Android Auto is called into action.

    Porsche says the App Centre will be continuously updated and will keep the vehicle up to date throughout its life cycle, with the entire Connect portfolio being made available to Macan customers over a 10-year period.

    2024 Porsche Macan EV – new tech details, interior revealed; two variants at launch, Macan 4 and Turbo

    While the presentation, held at the brand’s experience centre in Leipzig, was very much a quick, intense dive into the new tech elements of the car, there was the chance to sample the vehicle itself briefly, athough not from the driver’s seat. Taxi rides on both the centre’s impressive track and off-road courses at the facility were offered in demonstrators, which still had their exteriors masked, albeit lightly.

    The track run was, in a word, heady, the Macan EV serving up speed processes unimaginable in the old car, especially out of corners, the lack of lag or absence of dipped gear response highlighting what electrification brings to the table when allied to handling prowess, complete with power slides. As the sampling showed, it is quite agile for what is effectively a two plus tonne thing.

    As for the off-road coursework, it went about the business in methodical fashion, and while 99.9% of owners aren’t likely to subject it to such exercises, knowing that it can be done is good enough. We’ll have to wait for the new Macan’s debut to get the final specification of the EV, which, if all goes according to plan, should be pretty soon

     
     
  • Porsche upgrades Zuffenhausen production plant to make 718 EV Boxster, Cayman; motors for Macan EV

    Porsche upgrades Zuffenhausen production plant to make 718 EV Boxster, Cayman; motors for Macan EV

    Porsche has commenced upgrades for its production plant in Zuffenhausen, Germany in preparation for the future manufacture of the upcoming battery-electric versions of the 718 models, the Boxster and the Cayman.

    These will be produced on the same line that makes the brand’s combustion-engined two-door models, including the 911, and the construction work for the upgrades involve investment of around 250 million euros (RM1.27 billion).

    Upgrades to the manufacturing plant see the production of two-door models now use the latest automated guided vehicles, with the aim of increasing production capacity and improving flexibility in the production process. Additional quality test benches have been included for vehicle assembly, along with additional logistics areas and a new high-bay rack.

    The automated guided vehicles (AGVs) now employed for the production of two-door Porsche models have already been put into use for the manufacture of Taycan EV, and these AGVs will replace the traditional assembly line with a ‘Flexiline’ to enable a more varied production process, bringing the advantage of being able to produce a mix of vehicles with both combustion and electric powertrains on a single line.

    On the logistics side, Porsche has been extending its within the body shop since 2022, with a new building being added to the site of the former Porsche Centre across from the Porsche Museum. Planned for completion in 2025, high-bay racks will extend over two floors and will supply the parts for the Taycan and other sports car models.

    A new high-bay rack commenced service in September this year, and already supplies the entire assembly plant with a variety of components. The parts warehouse is fully automated and has a storage volume of 35,000 cubic metres, or equal to 40,650 storage spaces for pallets and containers, says Porsche.

    Powertrain assembly at Zuffenhausen now also integrates the assembly of electric motors for the upcoming Macan EV, which is scheduled to begin rolling off the Leipzig production line in 2024. This plant also assembles the V8 combustion engines for the Panamera and Cayenne model lines, and has done since 2016.

     
     
  • 2024 Porsche Macan EV tech details – PPE platform; 800-volt, 100 kWh battery; up to 612 PS and 1,000 Nm

    2024 Porsche Macan EV tech details – PPE platform; 800-volt, 100 kWh battery; up to 612 PS and 1,000 Nm

    Porsche has revealed preliminary technical details of the second-generation Macan, which will available in fully electric form and expected to begin production next year. The upcoming Macan is an important step in the carmaker’s plans to have electric vehicles account for 50% of its global sales in 2025, and 80% by 2030, according to reports by Autocar and Car and Driver.

    Unlike the Taycan – the brand’s first series production EV – that is built on the J1 platform, the new Macan will be underpinned by the Volkswagen Group’s Premium Platform Electric (PPE) co-developed with Audi (the four-ring brand will use it for its A6 e-tron).

    Also operating on an 800-volt architecture, all variants will get a lithium-ion battery with an energy capacity of 100 kWh, although Porsche has not provided an expected range figure for now. The battery consists of 12 modules with prismatic cells and can support DC fast charging beyond the Taycan’s 270 kW – the target is to get from a 5-80% state of charge in under 25 minutes.

    Porsche notes that the battery can adapt to to 400-volt chargers like home wallboxes by effectively splitting the battery into two halves in order to boost charging speeds. The DC fast charging components, along with the onboard AC charger, high-voltage heater and DC/DC converter are packaged into what the company calls the Integrated Power Box to save space.

    2024 Porsche Macan EV tech details – PPE platform; 800-volt, 100 kWh battery; up to 612 PS and 1,000 Nm

    The PPE platform can accommodate rear- and all-wheel drive setups, with Porsche quoting maximum system outputs of 612 PS (603 hp or 450 kW) and 1,000 Nm of torque. The electric motors feature a “double V” magnet arrangement, while the semiconductor material used for the pulse inverters will be silicon-carbide to optimise efficiency and reduce losses. It’s also said the Macan will feature a one-speed gearbox instead of the two-speed unit in the Taycan.

    Porsche says the Macan EV will be “sportiest model in its segment” thanks to a “performance rear axle” that places the rear electric motor as far back as possible, shifting the weight balance to a 48:52 split. Meanwhile, certain variants will come with a fully-variable electronically-controlled rear differential, and rear-wheel steering makes its way into the Macan for the first time with a maximum angle of five degrees.

    To keep the body in check, the Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) system handles the air or steel suspension setups, with the Macan set to be the first to get two-valve dampers that can adjust independently. Wheel sizes up to 22 inches in diameter will also be made available, and staggered tyres widths are standard to better deal with the rearward weight bias.

    2024 Porsche Macan development

    2024 Porsche Macan spyshots

     
     
 
 
 

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