- The 2024 Porsche Macan EV will ride on the company’s new Remium Platform Electric (PPE), and the German automaker has released new details about PPE and the upcoming crossover.
- The Macan EV will max out at 603 horsepower and 738 pound-feet of torque, and Porsche promises sharp driving dynamics.
- The 100.0 kWh battery will be able to charge from five to 80 percent in less than 25 minutes thanks to an 800 volt electrical system.
Porsche is investing in synthetic, carbon-neutral fuels in an effort to keep its beloved internal combustion engines alive in an increasingly strict regulatory environment. But still, Porsche’s future, like that of every other car company, will be centered around electric vehicles. By 2030, Porsche hopes to have more than 80 percent of its sales from EVs. Critical to this goal will be the PPE platform, co-developed with Audi, which will underpin Porsche’s high-volume electric cars. The upcoming Macan EV will be the first Porsche to ride on PPE, and at a recent event at the Porsche Experience Center in Franciacorta, Italy, the German automaker revealed juicy new details about the platform and the electric crossover that will make its arrival announce.
Porsche promises that the fully electric Macan will bring improved range and charging and Porsche’s typical sharp handling. The PPE platform, like on the Taycan, will use an 800-volt electrical architecture. Along with shortening charging times, Porsche says this reduces the weight of the high-voltage cables and how much space they take up. Each electric Macan will use a lithium-ion battery mounted in the floor of the vehicle with a gross capacity of approximately 100.0 kWh, consisting of twelve modules with prismatic cells. Charging rates will improve over the Taycan’s 270kW, with Porsche targeting the ability to recharge the Macan EV from five to 80 per cent in less than 25 minutes. Porsche also packages the on-board AC charger, high-voltage heater and DC/DC converter together in what it calls the integrated power box to save space.
Porsche has also developed a neat trick called “bench charging”. If the charging station uses a 400-volt system, the Macan EV’s 800-volt battery is effectively split into two 400-volt batteries that can be charged simultaneously. However, most DC fast chargers in the United States already use 800-volt architecture, so this technology will be less relevant here than in other markets.
The PPE platform will allow for rear- and all-wheel-drive setups, with maximum output initially set at around 603 horsepower and 738 pound-feet of torque. Vehicles running on the platform will be powered by permanently excited synchronous electric motors, which will bring higher power and torque densities, improved efficiency and more easily reproducible power outputs compared to asynchronous motors. The Macan EV has revised the magnet arrangements inside the cars and improved the cooling system compared to the Taycan, which Porsche says increases the power density. Silicon carbide also replaces silicon for the semiconductor material in the converter on the rear axle to reduce switching losses. A single-speed gearbox will be used instead of the two-speed unit in the Taycan.
Porsche claims the Macan EV will be the “sportiest model in its segment,” thanks to what Porsche refers to as a “performance rear axle.” The rear electric motor will be mounted behind the rear axle, recalling the positioning of the flat-six engine in the 911 sports car and shifting the weight balance rearward to a 48/52 percent split. Porsche claims this will “improve agility when accelerating out of corners.”
Porsche also revealed that the Macan EV will feature a revised unequal-length control-arm front suspension and a multi-link rear setup attached to the body by an elastically mounted subframe. The rear motor, meanwhile, is connected directly to the body structure at four points. This approach is said to improve steering precision, rigidity and NVH behaviour. Certain trims will also be equipped with a fully variable electronically controlled rear differential and, for the first time on a Macan, rear-wheel steering that can adjust by up to five degrees. The all-wheel drive system will allow fully variable torque distribution between the front and rear axles.
The electric Macan will also feature the Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) system, which will be available with both air suspension and steel suspension setups. The Macan EV will see the addition of two-valve shock absorbers that can adjust independently, creating a more adaptive suspension and better distinguishing the different driving modes. Air suspension will also allow the body to lower at higher speeds to stretch the range with smoother aerodynamics. The Macan EV will ride on wheels up to 22 inches in diameter.
Porsche says the platform can be easily adapted to different wheelbases, track widths and ground clearances to suit a number of different vehicles. We already know that the Macan EV will be joined by the Audi A6 e-tron sedan, but this platform is unlikely to be used for Porsche’s electric sports car efforts. The platform will also not support more than two electric motors or the use of wheel-mounted hub motors. Deliveries of the Macan EV are supposed to begin in 2024, with more details about the groundbreaking crossover and Porsche’s PPE platform expected next year.
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