The Volkswagen Group luxury brand announced on tuesday, that Porsche SUV will be converted into a battery-powered model. Finally, Porsche Macan is getting an electric makeover.
Say hello to the electric version of Macan which will be called as Porsche Taycan electric sports car, the brand's all new introduction, to be expected in late 2019. The Taycan is a derivation of the brand's Mission E-concept car, which was billed as a direct response to Tesla's luxury cars. Elon Musk's superchargers offer 480 volts, Porsche is working on 800-volt infrastructure to charge the Taycan and its all-electric successors. That's enough juice to take the Taycan 250 miles on just 15 minutes of charging. Oh, and it'll have charging ports on both sides of the car. Electric motors at the front and rear will give the Taycan all-wheel drive.
The brand will continue to offer gas-powered cars, but the Macan will be available only as an electric model. Porsche's most ambitious play may be its move to outdo Tesla when it comes to high-speed charging.
Macan, launched in the U.S. in 2015, is a small crossover that has enabled the Porsche brand to ride the SUV wave while maintaining its faithful fan base. The carmaker also announced a deal with Electrify America in January that will provide Taycan owners with three years of charging at Electrify America stations. Porsche will also have its own network of chargers at its dealerships.
Production of the electric Macan "will begin early in the next decade" at a plant in Germany, Porsche said. It will share its platform with its sibling luxury brand, Audi. The move is a big risk for Porsche because the Macan is its most popular model in the U.S.
“Electromobility and Porsche go together perfectly; not just because they share a high-efficiency approach, but especially because of their sporty character,” says Porsche chairman Oliver Blume in a statement.