The Supervisory Board of Porsche AG has decided to
manufacture the next generation of the Macan as a fully electric series. This
will be the first all-electric SUV from Porsche, and is due to roll off the
assembly line at the start of the next decade. The development represents an
expansion of the Porsche range in the field of electromobility: the Taycan –
the first purely electrically driven sports car from Porsche – will be launched
to market at the end of 2019, followed shortly thereafter by its derivative,
the Taycan Cross Turismo.
The decision to manufacture the next generation of the Macan
at the company’s site in Leipzig was taken in July last year. Making this
investment in electromobility at this facility creates the opportunity to
produce fully electric vehicles on the existing production line in future. Like
the Taycan, the next generation of the Macan features 800-volt technology and
is based on the Porsche PPE architecture (Premium Platform Electric), developed
in collaboration with Audi AG – highlighting the future viability of the site
and enhancing its flexibility and efficiency even further.
“Electromobility and Porsche go together perfectly; not just
because they share a high-efficiency approach, but especially because of their
sporty character,” commented Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Board of Management
of Porsche AG.
“By 2022 we will be investing more than six billion euros in
electric mobility, and by 2025, 50 per cent of all new Porsche vehicles could
have an electric drive system. Nevertheless, over the next ten 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.
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