Porsche prepares electric Macan to become sportier and more efficient

STUTTGART: Porsche is gearing up for the world premiere of its all-new, all-electric Macan SUV, putting the prototype through rigorous testing and development to ensure it lives up to the brand's high standards.

The Macan, which originally launched a decade ago, is now entering its second generation as an electric vehicle (EV), built on the Premium Platform Electric (PPE).

Real-world testing with camouflaged prototypes is a crucial part of the process, as is simulation work in the virtual realm and wind tunnel testing. Porsche said the goal is not just to make the Macan sportier but also more efficient.

The Macan EV features Porsche Active Aerodynamics (PAA), an automatically extending rear spoiler, active cooling flaps, and variable elements on the underbody.

These innovations, along with closed wheels and optimised tyre contours, contribute to a drag coefficient (Cd value) of 0.25, making it one of the most aerodynamic SUVs and significantly boosting efficiency.


Charging is another vital aspect of the Macan EV. It boasts an 800-volt architecture, enabling high-performance fast charging with up to 270 kW. Porsche is ensuring that the charging infrastructure aligns with various standards in different markets, making it convenient for customers. AC charging is possible with up to 11 kW.

Porsche said it remains committed to delivering a familiar steering feel and the sports car manufacturer's core competencies.

Extensive testing involves simulating the vehicle's service life under harsh operating conditions and has already seen the prototypes cover over three and a half million test kilometres on various terrains, from icy Scandinavian roads to scorching Californian deserts.

The all-electric Macan will come equipped with permanently-excited PSM motors on both axles, providing overboost power of more than 450 kW. The Porsche Traction Management ensures efficient torque distribution, and a sophisticated suspension system offers a balance between high performance and comfort.


The electronically controlled Porsche Traction Management manages the distribution of the more than 1,000 Nm of torque with Launch Control in the top model in almost real time.

To offer the broad spectrum between high performance and comfort for which the Macan is known, the engineers have deployed a Porsche Active Suspension Management system with two-valve damper technology, air suspension, rear-axle transverse lock and, for the first time, rear-axle steering with a steering angle of up to five degrees.

Porsche said that with its emphasis on aerodynamics, charging capabilities, and driving dynamics, the all-new Macan EV is poised to make a significant impact in the electric SUV segment.

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