The Porsche Macan Electric, also known as the Porsche Macan Electric in the working title, will be competing with the Tesla Model Y from 2024 and the BMW iX. The Porsche Macan test prototypes are heavily camouflaged and have many disguises on them to fool the public until showtime. We can see the silhouette of the new Porsche electric car, as it cannot be hidden.
2024 Porsche Macan EV Review
The first-generation Porsche Macan was unveiled in 2013. It is a modern SUV with a gently sloped roofline. The Porsche Macan will remain an SUV with a hunchback until Porsche’s major markets are ready to adopt full-scale EV adoption. Reddit user VegarHenriksen posted a spy photo on February 12, 2023, that showed the Porsche Macan Electric with split headlights. The hood should have a Porsche Mission R-inspired headlight housing that only has the DRLs. It will be arranged using the four-point Porsche design. The low and high beams will be housed in a separate housing located right above the air intakes on the middle level.
Porsche’s LED headlights will likely be fitted to the Macan EV. These headlights can be up to two times brighter than current systems on surfaces four times larger. The headlights have a range of up to 600 meters and only light the pixels needed, saving energy. Porsche has fitted them with features such as welcome/leaving animated, lane illumination and construction, and narrow-lane lights, as well as adaptive motorway high beams. They also have a non-dazzling function that doubles the light of the HD matrix module in the large area to the left and right of the anti-dazzling space.
Porsche can make design changes that will improve the aerodynamics of the Macan. It can, for example, keep the nose down. Julian Baumann of Porsche’s Director Sales and Product Line SUV told Autocar the Taycan body is different than the first-gen Macan, and the team is working to improve the aerodynamics.
The SUV-coupe body style would not only help the EV achieve greater aerodynamics but also differentiate it from the gasoline-powered Macan. A sloping roofline should be complemented by an active spoiler to increase airflow and improve range. Andreas Huber told CAR, Porsche’s manager of digital prototypes, that his team had been working virtually on the Macan aerodynamics for five years. Huber says that keeping the drag down is essential to ensuring the long range of the all-electric next-generation model.
Porsche could offer virtual mirrors, a feature customers expect from the VW Group’s ‘everyday alternative’ – the Audi Q8 Sportback e-tron. Virtual mirrors are a great way to reduce drag and increase range. The Macan EV will have a rotary selector in place of the traditional gearshift.
As we have already mentioned, the interior of the Porsche Macan EV will be minimalist, driver-focused, and highly digital. This is something Porsche is slowly adopting to transition into the EV era. The Macan EV will feature a sleek and minimalistic dashboard design, a fully digital instrument panel that is curved and has a large touchscreen, as well as a display on the passenger side. Porsche is known for its tradition-based approach. In the EV era, Porsche has had to make some radical changes. Take the fully digital instrument cluster, for example, in the Porsche Taycan.
Spy photos have revealed that the instrument cluster is curved. If it is the same instrument cluster as the Porsche Taycan then the display should be 16.8 inches. Porsche, like the Taycan has avoided using a hood to give this area a thin and contemporary look that is comparable with high-end smartphones or tablets. The instrument cluster may feature real glass with a vaporized, polarizing filter for good visibility in sunny conditions.
The Porsche Macan Electric is set to feature a brand-new infotainment platform running Google’s Android Automotive OS. Volkswagen Group software division CARIAD is creating a new software architecture for vehicles based on an open-source version of Android Automotive OS. The German conglomerate will not include Google Play Store, as Volvo Car Group does, in its infotainment systems, because it is using the license-free Android Automotive OS.
The system is called ‘One. Infotainment’ will include a new App Store co-developed by Samsung-owned Harman. Spotify, Tidal, Amazon Music, Tubi, TikTok, Stingray Karaoke, FRVR, etc. The passengers will be entertained while on the move. The new app store offers a variety of information and convenience apps, including Home Assistant, The Weather Channel Vivaldi Yelp Parkwhiz Plugshare, and The Weather Channel. This app store will include Webex for those who want to be able to work while on the move.
Porsche will use the new climate control panel in the Porsche Cayenne 2024, which has analog controls (knurls), which are simpler and have fewer distractions. The panel will be black to ensure that the climate control functions can be seen clearly in contrast.
The Porsche Macan Electric comes with a battery pack that has a capacity of 100 kWh. A report by InsideEVs, published on November 13th, 2022, states that the battery pack’s net (usable capacity) is very close to its installed capacity. It ranges between 96 and 98 kWh. This battery pack offers the perfect balance between performance and range, so there won’t be any need for an optional variant.
Porsche does not use cell-to-pack like Tesla or other automakers that are already more advanced. The battery pack for the 100 kWh is made up of 12 modules that contain prismatic NCM lithium-ion cells. The ratio of active materials (nickel cobalt and manganese), is 8:1 to 1. This means that the cobalt and Manganese materials are only 10% of the total. Porsche claims that the energy density of its cars is high, but does not give any figures.
The Porsche Macan Electric’s 800-volt technology will enable fast DC charging thanks to its high rate. Porsche hasn’t released the exact figure but has confirmed that it will be higher than the Taycan’s 270 kW. We anticipate that the number will be closer to 275 than 300 kW. Reddit user VegarHenriksen posted a spy photo showing the Macan EV charging at 172kW in North Norway, while it was still snowing.
Fast chargers with 800-volt technology allow the battery pack to be charged from 5 kWh up to 80% within 25 minutes. Porsche is aware that such chargers, at least those in the U.S., are difficult to find. Porsche has added a feature called ‘bank-charging’ to Macan Electric.
In charging stations that use the 400-volt technology more commonly used, the high-voltage switch (gates), are automatically activated in the battery pack before the vehicle receives power. The 800-volt battery pack can be split in two with each having a voltage of 400 volts. This allows them to be charged simultaneously using the same charging station.
Macan Electric’s onboard AC converter, high-voltage heating system, and DC/DC Converter are all part of a patent pending ‘Integrated Power Box’. This box not only saves space, but also reduces the number of cables, weight, and costs. A standard 11 kW AC charger is available, and a 22 kW charger can be added as an optional item. Both will charge the battery overnight.
Porsche is partnering with Ionity, but will only be setting up charging stations for Porsche customers. The Porsche exclusive charging stations network complements the Ionity outlets and gives consumers a unique experience when they plug in premium Porsche electric SUVs and sports cars.
Porsche will install its charging stations on major highways and traffic routes in Europe. The plugs, which will have up to 12 charging stations at each station, will provide a minimum charging power of 350 kW. Although the company has not confirmed it, the network should be expanded to include the U.S.A. and Canada before the Macan Electric launch.
Porsche confirmed that all configurations of the Macan Electric would have two motors. A normal unit will be at the front, and a stronger unit will be at the back. All-wheel drive is standard. In certain configurations, Porsche will place the rear motor in a position that is particularly far behind, a so-called ‘performance rear axle’. This will increase the weight at the rear and achieve a 48:52 weight distribution between the front and rear.
Porsche will initially offer Macan Electric powertrains with a torque of up to 1,000 Nm (738lb.ft.). The Macan Electric is capable of producing 450kW (603hp) at a maximum. The company used permanent excited synchronous motors (PSM), with water jacket cooling, and double V lamination of the permanent magnets in the rotors.
In Macan Electric, the components of the power electronics are made from silicon carbide, which is more common in semiconductor materials, instead of silicon. This material is used in the Pulse inverter (PWR), located on the rear axle. Porsche claims that this reduces switching losses and allows for higher switching frequencies in the PWR.
Porsche will offer a “blended brake system with light to moderate lift-off regeneration” as it does on the Taycan. Porsche will learn from its Taycan experience to improve the powertrain of the Macan Electric. The same report states that the company’s power electronics will be made with SiC semiconductors.
2024 Porsche Macan EV Release Date
Oliver Blume confirmed that customer deliveries of the Porsche Macan Electric would begin in 2024 during the company’s annual press conference held on 13 March 2023. Before sales begin, we expect an official unveiling in late 2023.