Porsche has been in the EV world longer than much of the competition, but is about to expand its offering. In addition to the Porsche Taycan that the company already offers, Porsche has announced an electric version of the Macan. This means that you will soon be able to buy an electric version of Porsche’s SUV.
While many new electric cars have simply been announced with no release date in sight (Tesla Roadster, anyone), the Macan Electric will be released to the public in the second half of 2024. In less than a year, an electric Porsche SUV will be available for purchase.
Wondering whether the Porsche Macan Electric is suitable for your next electric car? Here’s everything we know about the car so far.
Porsche Macan Electrical design
The design of the Porsche Macan Electric is similar in many ways to the standard Porsche Macan, although there are a few notable differences, many of which are taken straight from the Taycan. Porsche has retained the overall shape and appearance of the car, with a sort of crossover hatchback size and shape.
However, unlike the gas-powered Macan, the new car has Taycan-style Matrix headlights at the front. Also, the rear spoiler is eliminated for a smoother roofline, and while the rear light bar is retained, it has a flatter rear end with slat-style taillights that give it a slightly more modern look.
Overall, the Porsche Macan Electric gives the Macan subtle improvements that help modernize the car while maintaining the overall look and feel that makes people love the Macan.
Porsche Macan Electric interior and technology
We’ve seen more of the exterior of the Macan Electric than the interior, but there are some things we know about the inside of the car. Porsche has added LED accent lighting throughout the car’s interior, plus a so-called ‘Communication Light’ that comes on for things like driver warnings.
Everything else about the car’s interior looks incredibly premium. There’s a bridge-like center console that seems to offer plenty of open storage space. There’s also storage space in the front trunk: 2.9 cubic feet. That’s in addition to the 18 cubic feet of storage space behind the second row of seats.
At the front of the car are a pair of displays for infotainment and instrument monitoring. You’ll find a 12.6-inch instrument cluster, along with a 10.9-inch touchscreen for infotainment. There’s also a third display: a second 10.9-inch display for the passenger. The car supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
Porsche Macan Electric performance
The Porsche Macan Electric will be available in two models: the Macan 4 Electric and the Macan Turbo Electric. The Macan 4 Electric is the base model and delivers a 0 to 100 km/h time of 4.9 seconds, with a maximum of 383 hp. Step up to the Macan Turbo Electric and you get an impressive acceleration speed of 3.1 seconds and 576 horsepower.
The Macan Electric won’t be the fastest electric car out there, but it comes pretty close. Currently, that title goes to the Tesla Model S Plaid, but Porsche’s own Taycan Turbo still beats the Macan with a 0 to 60 time of 2.4 seconds. Makes sense considering the Taycan is more of a sports car, but rest assured the Macan will still be incredibly fast.
Porsche Macan Electric charging speed and range
The two models not only offer different performance, they also have slightly different range. Unfortunately, Porsche has not yet released range estimates from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), but we do have estimates from the Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP), which is based in Europe. According to the WLTP, the Macan 4 Electric will offer a range of up to 613 kilometers (380 miles), while the Macan Turbo Electric will offer a range of up to 591 km (367 miles). Please note that WLTP ratings are typically higher than EPA. So expect the EPA ratings to be lower when they are eventually released.
However, the charging speed will be the same – and there is good news there. Thanks to the car’s 800-volt architecture, it supports a charging speed of up to 270 kilowatts. That’s not as high as some cars, such as the Kia EV6, which supports charging speeds of up to 350 kW. However, it should still allow the car to charge from 10% to 80% in around 21 minutes at supported stations.
Porsche Macan Electric price
The Porsche Macan Electric won’t be as pricey as the $90,000 Porsche Taycan, but as you’d expect from a Porsche, it won’t be cheap either. The car starts at $78,800 for the Porsche Macan 4 Electric, but if you want the higher-spec Macan Turbo Electric you’ll pay a starting price of $105,300.
When the car is released, there will obviously be options available that will drive the price higher.
The Porsche Macan Electric helps Porsche penetrate further into the world of electric cars. The Taycan was already one of the most premium electric cars on the market, but it wasn’t necessarily the most practical. The Macan is a more practical option for those willing to pay a premium for a more expensive electric car.