Porsche has announced its first all-electric compact SUV will be its Macan, and it should start rolling off the assembly line sometime in the next ten years. The Macan will be joining Porsche’s electric sports car, the Taycan, which should hit the market by the end of 2019. “Electromobility and Porsche go together perfectly,” stated Oliver Blume, Porsche’s Chairman of the Board Management. “Not just because they share a high-effeciency approach, but especially because of their sporty character.”
Porsche plans to invest more than six billion euros in electric mobility by 2022, with 50 percent of new Porsche vehicles having an electric drive system by 2025. “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,” added Blume.
The Macan will be manufactured at Porsche’s Leipzig site. Having the Macan built there provides the opportunity to use an existing production line to create more electric cars in the future. The site originally opened with 259 employees in 2002. Now it is one of the most advanced and sustainable production facilities in the automotive industry. With its own body and paint shop, the facility is currently producing more than 90,000 units annually for global markets. Porsche plans to continue optimizing gas engines as well as plug-in hybrids in addition to the all-electric vehicles. Their approach is a sound strategy to put them right at the forefront of electrification for vehicles.