Best-Selling Porsche Macan to Go All-Electric
Porsche has announced that its best-selling model, the Macan SUV, will go all-electric some time “at the start of the next decade.”
With more than 90,000 Macan models sold in 2018, the Macan is by far the most popular vehicle in the Porsche lineup, despite the company being known for building sports cars.
The next-generation electric Macan will use the same 800-volt system making its debut in the Taycan sports car. The system will also be used in the Cross Turismo sport wagon anticipated in 2020.
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Porsche has not shared any specs, but has previously said the Taycan could go 250 miles on a single charge with a sub-20-minute charge time. The Taycan will also put out more than 600 horsepower and accelerate from zero to 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds.
The company believes that electric powertrains represent the future of the automobile industry. “Electromobility and Porsche go together perfectly; not just because they share a high-efficiency approach, but especially because of their sporty character,” said Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Board. “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.”
Though gearheads might wish Porsche would stick to traditional gas-powered cars, this would not be consistent with the company’s previous endeavors. With the famous 918 supercar, Porsche was among the first to show that electrified powertrains could be used to enhance performance — the opposite of what most people tended to assume at the time.
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