Porsche announces details of the Macan EV 2024 and its PSA platform – car and driver | CarTailz

  • 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 forthcoming 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 can be charged from five to 80 percent in less than 25 minutes thanks to an 800-volt electrical system.

Porsche is investing in synthetic, CO2-neutral fuels to keep its popular internal combustion engines alive in an increasingly stringent regulatory environment. Despite this, Porsche’s future, like that of any other automaker, will be focused on electric vehicles. By 2030, Porsche wants to make more than 80 percent of its sales from electric vehicles. Crucial to this goal will be the PPE platform developed jointly with Audi, which will underpin Porsche’s electric cars in large numbers. The upcoming Macan EV will be the first Porsche to drive PSA, and at a recent event at the Porsche Experience Center in Franciacorta, Italy, the German automaker unveiled juicy new details about the platform and the electric crossover that will herald its arrival.

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Porsche promises that the all-electric Macan will bring improved range and charging, as well as the sharp handling that is typical of Porsche. Like the Taycan, the PPE platform will use an 800-volt electrical architecture. In addition to shortening the charging times, this also reduces the weight of the high-voltage cable and the space it takes up, according to Porsche. Every electric Macan uses a lithium-ion battery built into the vehicle floor with a gross capacity of around 100.0 kWh, which consists of twelve modules with prismatic cells. Charge rates will improve over the Taycan’s 270 kW, with Porsche targeting the ability to charge the Macan EV from five to 80 percent in under 25 minutes. In addition, Porsche packs the onboard AC charger, the high-voltage heater and the DC/DC converter together in the so-called Integrated Power Box to save space.

Porsche also came up with a neat trick called “bank charging”. When 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 an 800-volt architecture, so this technology will be less relevant here than in other markets.

2024 porsche macan ev prototype

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The PPE platform will allow for rear-wheel and all-wheel drive setups, with maximum power initially set at approximately 603 horsepower and 738 pound-feet of torque. Vehicles driving on the platform will be driven 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 within the motors and improved the cooling system compared to the Taycan, which Porsche says increases the power density. Silicon carbide also replaces silicon as a semiconductor material in the inverter on the rear axle in order to reduce switching losses. A single-speed gearbox is used instead of the two-speed gearbox in the Taycan.

Porsche claims the Macan EV will be the “sportiest model in its segment” thanks to what Porsche calls a “performance rear axle”. The rear electric motor is mounted behind the rear axle, which is reminiscent of the positioning of the six-cylinder boxer engine in the 911 sports car and shifts the weight distribution to 48/52 percent to the rear. Porsche argues that this will improve “agility when accelerating out of corners”.

Porsche also revealed that the Macan EV will have revised front suspension with unequal length wishbones and a multi-link rear suspension attached to the body by a resiliently mounted subframe. The rear engine, on the other hand, is connected directly to the body structure at four points. This approach aims to improve driving precision, stiffness and NVH behavior. Certain equipment variants are also equipped with a fully variable, electronically controlled rear axle differential and, for the first time on a Macan, with rear wheel steering that can be adjusted by up to five degrees. The all-wheel drive enables fully variable torque distribution between the front and rear axles.

2024 porsche macan ev prototype

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The electric Macan will also feature the Porsche Active Suspension Management System (PASM), which will be available with both air suspension and steel suspension. The Macan EV is complemented by independently adjustable two-valve shock absorbers, creating a more adaptable suspension and better distinguishing between the different driving modes. Air suspension also allows the body to drop at higher speeds to extend range with smoother aerodynamics. The Macan EV runs on wheels with a diameter of up to 22 inches.

According to Porsche, the platform can be easily adjusted to different wheelbases, track widths and ground clearances to accommodate a range of different vehicles. We already know that the Macan EV will be joined by the Audi A6 e-tron sedan, but that platform is unlikely to be used for Porsche’s electric sports car efforts. The platform also supports no more than two electric motors or the use of in-wheel motors. Deliveries of the Macan EV are set to begin in 2024, with more details on Porsche’s groundbreaking crossover and PSA platform expected next year.

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