Porsche recently had some big and exciting news in the form of the first electric Porsche SUV in the form of the Porsche Macan Electric Prototype. Officially named Macan Electric, it will be built using a new platform called PPE, meaning Premium Platform Electric.
Similar to the Taycan’s J1 platform, Porsche optimized it to give better handling, more power, and a wider range. Just like the Taycan, Porsche will be sharing the new EV platform with their corporate partner, Audi.
Porsche did not confirm exact details about the battery, but they did reveal that it will have roughly around 100-kWh battery packs – divided into 12 modules – and with 800-volt architecture. The size was chosen as it had the right balance of range and performance. Although they have yet to confirm the exact size, it is speculated to be larger than Taycan’s 93.4-kWh battery pack, his is currently the largest.
The 800-volt battery pack will be split into two 400-volt packs that can charge in parallel, enabling it to charge faster than is otherwise possible. Charging from 5% to 80% can be done in as little as 25 minutes.
Porsche also introduced the Integrated Power Box which will be mounted just below the rear seats of the Macan Electric. The Power Box brings together the onboard A/C charger, high-voltage heater, and DC/DC converter in one small package, helping it minimize the weight, cost, and complexity of the Macan. The PPE can also be created with varying wheelbases and widths that can also be used in a variety of new vehicles.
Two new permanent-magnet motors will power the 2024 Porsche Macan Electric. It is speculated that the motors can generate 603 hp and 737 lb-ft of torque which is a lot more powerful compared to the 434 hp and 405 lb-ft of torque in the current most powerful Macan GTS.
For the Macan Electric, the motor was mounted in the rear behind the rear axle, a place called the Performance Rear Axle as it gives the Macan Electric a 48/52 front/rear weight balance. This placement also enabled Porsche engineers to give the electric Macan four-wheel steering. The tech, matched with an electronic rear differential on top models, and standard Porsche Active Suspension Management with air strings, will ensure that the Macan Electric, as well as other Porches with the PPE will not disappoint when it comes to the frunk, and it has been confirmed that the Macan Electric will have a frunk.
As for range, although there are still no confirmed numbers, It is expected to have a range that is much better than the Taycan’s which is currently at just under 250 miles on the EPA test cycle. There is speculation that it will have around 300 miles on the EPA test cycle.
Like the Taycan, it can also be expected that the 2024 Porsche Macan Electric will have sport charge ports on both sides of the SUV. As Porsche believes that one-pedal driving is inefficient, this SUV won’t offer this feature. Instead of a two-speed automatic, the Macan Electric will have a single-speed transmission.
Porsche did show a heavily camouflaged Macan Electric prototype and a few details revealed is that it will be slightly bigger than the current Macan SUV. It seems to have narrow headlights that is reminiscent of the Taycan styling, and the same is true for the taillights.
Porsche has mentioned an off-road version for the more adventurous clients. Official unveiling of the 2024 Porsche Macan Electric is expected in late 2023 or even early 2024, with deliveries expected to arrive in 2024.