The market launch of the all-new Porsche Macan EV has been delayed for 2024 due to software issues, but we now have more information about the SUV’s technical specs coming directly from Zuffenhausen. In short, the Macan EV will produce up to 595 hp (450 kW / 603 PS) from dual electric motors, featuring a 100 kWh battery with ultra-fast charging capabilities.
We already knew that the Porsche Macan EV will sit on the Premium Platform Electric (PPE) that will also underpin the mechanically-related Audi Q6 e-Tron. Predictably, the Macan will be fitted with two electric motors – one on each axle – offering AWD. The units have been upgraded compared to the Taycan, featuring a “double V” magnet arrangement and silicon-carbide semiconductor (instead of silicon). According to Porsche, those changes increase the efficiency and power density of the powertrain. Furthermore, the front electric motor will switch off when cruising so that range is further improved.
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Porsche confirmed that the combined power output from the dual electric motors will be 595 hp (450 kW / 603 PS) and 1,000 Nm (738 lb-ft) of torque. Those numbers might come short of the 750 hp (560 kW / 761 PS) and 1,050 Nm (774 lb-ft) of the Taycan Turbo S on overboost, but they are quite impressive for the Macan’s segment. The higher-spec variants of the Macan will also benefit from an electronic locking differential at the back.
As for the battery, it will have a capacity of 100 kWh, featuring 800V technology and supporting charging rates of more than 270 kW. Porsche engineers didn’t comment on the range but they promised even faster charging from a 400V charger, made possible by splitting the 800V battery into two halves.
Autocar spoke with Antoon Janssen, the powertrain manager for the new Macan, who said that their goal for the electric SUV is to be the sportiest in its class. In this context, Dominik Hartmann, chassis manager, revealed a weight distribution of 48% at the front and 52% at the rear, thanks to the placement of the rear motor as back as possible on the “performance rear axle”.
The Macan will feature a new kind of two-valve dampers, working together with the Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) system for improved comfort. The SUV will be able to lower its ride height when needed, for better aero and driving dynamics. It will also ride on wider tires compared to its ICE-powered counterpart. Finally, a 15% increase in the steering angle and up to 5 degrees of rear-wheel steering at speeds below 80 km/h (50 mph) will make it more agile.
The new Macan is one of the EVs that are currently in development by Porsche. Those include the electric successors of the 718 Boxster and Cayman set for a 2025 debut alongside the next-gen Cayenne, the Panamera EV for 2026, and a new flagship SUV for later.
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