Update 3/4/2019: This article has been updated to include a statement from Porsche regarding the continuation of the current Macan's production alongside the electric model.
Porsche confirmed last week the next generation of its best-selling car, the Macan crossover, will be sold as a purely electric vehicle. It will be the second electric car in Porsche's lineup, following the Taycan sedan and Taycan Cross Turismo wagon. Set to go into production "early in the next decade" according to Porsche, it will be built at the Macan's current assembly plant in Leipzig, Germany, where the Cayenne and Panamera are also built.
Like the Taycan, the next generation of Macan will be based on Porsche's PPE (Premium Platform Electric) architecture, which was developed in conjunction with Audi. It'll also use the same 800-volt tech.
“By 2022 we will be investing more than six billion euros ($6.82 million) in electric mobility, and by 2025 50 percent of all new Porsche vehicles could have an electric drive system," said Porsche Chairman Oliver Blume in a statement. "Nevertheless, over the next ten years we will focus on a drive mix consisting of even further optimized petrol engines, plug-in hybrid models, and purely electrically operated sports cars."
Currently, Porsche offers hybrid variants of just two of its models: The Panamera and the Cayenne. In the past, it's also offered the 918 Spyder supercar. A hybrid version of the 992-generation 911 is expected in the near future. The Taycan is set to go on sale at the end of 2019.
Is turning the most popular new Porsche out there into an EV-only affair a smart move? Well, it won't be a sudden transition, according to Porsche. A spokesperson told the gas-powered Macan isn't going away just yet.
“The petrol-engine Macan will continue to be produced alongside the new electric PPE-based Macan in Leipzig,” Porsche told Autocar. “There will be a transition time, but just how long that will be has not yet been determined.”
“The move to a fully electric model line-up is suitable for certain markets but, due to a lack of infrastructure and other hurdles, it is yet not possible in other markets,” Porsche told Autocar. “We are constantly monitoring the situation and can react accordingly.”