The new Porsche Macan Electric at a glance
- First model on the new PPE platform
- 800 volt architecture with 270 kW DC charging power
- Battery with 95 kWh net capacity
- Macan Turbo with up to 470 kW/639 hp
- WLTP range 516 to 630 kilometers
- Market launch in the second half of 2024
- Basic price Porsche Macan 4 from 84,100 euros
The electric Macan starts at 84,100 euros
Things are getting serious for Porsche. With the new Macan Electric (see table below for WLTP consumption and range information), the Stuttgart-based company is not simply powering up a new series, but is also switching from a combustion engine to an electric drive for the first time in a high-volume existing model. While the Macan with four and six-cylinder engines may remain in the range for a while in selected markets outside of Europe, especially the USA, within the European Union it will end on July 1, 2024. Then the now ten-year-old Macan (around 800,000 units have been sold since 2014) is no longer eligible for registration due to new EU cybersecurity regulations.
The Stuttgart-based company does not have a plan B (such as a multi-drive platform with a hybrid option). The electric Macan rolling off the assembly line in Leipzig must therefore be a success. The 4.78 meter long SUV comes onto the market at an inopportune time. Demand for electric cars is weakening in Europe and the end of the German environmental bonus in December hasn’t exactly improved the mood. Although there would have been no funding anyway for the Macan 4, which costs at least 84,100 euros (Macan Turbo from 114,600 euros), it is at least doubtful that Porsche will be able to permanently avoid a price war with other manufacturers of premium electric vehicles. This is particularly true for China, where the Stuttgart-based car manufacturer recorded a 15 percent decline in sales in 2023 compared to 2022. At the same time, the competition for high-performance electric SUVs from domestic production is growing almost every month.
Up to 270 kW charging power – first range tests under real conditions
From a technical point of view, the electric Macan is the first series vehicle to be based on the Group platform PPE – Platform Premium Electric – developed together with Audi. The key data: 800-volt architecture, 100 kWh battery capacity (95 kWh net), 270 kW DC charging power and a targeted quick charging time from 10 to 80 percent in around 21 minutes. An additional high-voltage switch in the battery divides the 800-volt battery into two batteries, each with a nominal voltage of 400 volts, when charging at a 400-volt charging station (e.g. DC columns with 150 or 175 kW). This “bank charging technology” is intended to enable particularly efficient charging processes even without an additional HV booster. A maximum of 11 kW can be recharged on the home wallbox.
For the Macan 4 (briefly up to 300 kW/408 hp), Porsche specifies a WLTP range of 516 to 613 kilometers. The more powerful Porsche Macan Turbo (briefly up to 470 kW/639 hp) is given a range of 518 to 591 kilometers according to WLTP. Both four-wheel drive versions, each with two PSM electric drives, used the same battery with a net capacity of 95 kWh. The American Car Magazine Car and Driver (external link) has already had the opportunity to drive a near-production Macan 4 prototype (with all-weather tires) over a longer route in California. The result? After a distance of 251.6 miles, the on-board computer still showed a battery level of 11 percent and a remaining range of around 30 miles. Extrapolated to a full charge, this would give a 100 percent range of around 282 miles or 454 kilometers. However, only a test in Germany at a later date will show whether this data can also be transferred to the production model.
The model variants of the Porsche Macan Electric at a glance:
|All-wheel drive, 2x PSM
|All-wheel drive, 2x PSM
|up to 300 kW/408 HP
|up to 470 kW/639 HP
|Combined power consumption²
|17.9-21.1 kWh/100 km
|18.8-20.7 kWh/100 km
|CO2 emissions combined²
|Electric range combined²
|Battery capacity net
|AC/DC charging power
|Charging time at 270 kW DC
|approx. 21 minutes
|approx. 21 minutes
|from 84,100 euros
|from 114,600 euros
Driving dynamics typical of Porsche
Let’s take a closer look at the performance of the new electric Macan: Porsche already states a 0-100 km/h acceleration of 5.2 seconds and a top speed of 220 km/h for the basic variant. The Macan Turbo, on the other hand, sprints from a standstill to country road speed in 3.3 seconds and is only taken out of the race at 260 km/h. During the first prototype drives in autumn 2023 (with a focus on driving dynamics; range and consumption determinations were not yet possible at that time) we were able to get an idea of the cornering qualities and the hardware used in the new Macan.
Colleague Rudolf Bögel wrote about this in October:
“The Macan is optionally equipped with an air suspension (standard in the Macan Turbo) and can be lowered by up to 20 millimeters (Sport Plus). Interesting: Porsche does not use active roll compensation. The body is apparently stiff enough that it doesn’t need to be artificially supported when cornering. That was also our impression in the Swabian Alb. There is a simple explanation for the fact that the new Macan zips around corners with agility. There is now also optional rear-axle steering that turns at up to five degrees and makes the sports SUV an absolute turnaround.” Read the whole article now.
In addition, the two-valve damper technology introduced in the new Cayenne ensures a greater spread between everyday comfort and sportiness. Also new is the electronically controlled Porsche Traction Management (ePTM). The standard electric all-wheel drive is said to be up to five times faster than conventional 4×4 systems and, in the case of the Macan Turbo, is supported by an electronically controlled differential lock (PTV Plus) on the rear axle.
Driving report Porsche Macan base (combustion engine)
What is the electric Macan like inside?
In the interior, the new Porsche Macan Electric has little in common with its predecessor. The entire cockpit design is based more on the Taycan and the new edition of the Cayenne. For driver information, the Stuttgart-based company used a 12.6-inch display in a curved design; the central control unit is a 10.9-inch infotainment unit. For the first time, the Macan also offers the option of ordering a 10.9-inch passenger screen.
For the first time, a head-up display that uses augmented reality technology is available as an option. Porsche also promises a new dimension in computing power. The infotainment system uses Android Automotive as the operating system, should respond quickly to voice commands and enable the use of numerous third-party apps. The Macan will also be the first Porsche to allow extended integration of Apple Car Play right into the driver display.
Trunk volume and towing capacity
The new Macan also wants to score points when it comes to everyday use. In addition to a 540 liter trunk (in cargo position), which can be expanded to up to 1,348 liters with the rear seat folded down, there is also an 84 liter trunk under the front hood (frunk). To further underline the utility value of the electric Porsche, the Stuttgart-based company specifies a maximum trailer load of 2,000 kilograms. (Text: Thomas Vogelhuber | Images: Manufacturer)