Published on July 4th, 2023 | by Sounder Rajen0
Petrol Powered Porsche Macan May Stick Around Longer Than Expected
Apparently, the lack of EV chargers could keep the ICE Porsche Macan around longer
Well, well, well, it appears that electrification has hit yet another roadblock in its journey to world domination. This time, it comes in the form of the internal combustion engine (ICE) Porsche Macan. Man, these Germans are really consistently a thorn in electrification’s side, eh? Let’s see what’s new.
So, Porsche is set to debut the Premium Platform Electric (PPE) which it is developing with Audi in 2024 when the next-generation, electric-only Macan crossover SUV is scheduled to go on sale. The electric Macan crossover was supposed to debut this year, but it has been pushed back due to software issues.
Moreover, software issues aside, representatives from Porsche have also said that the ICE version of the Porsche Macan would have to continue to be sold in the U.S for a few more years alongside its electric vehicle (EV) counterpart. So why exactly is this? The short answer is there are not enough EV chargers for it to be viable.
A new report from Automotive News Europe claims the the ICE Porsche Macan could stick around much longer in the U.S.A. Porsche intended to discontinue the ICE Macan there in either 2025 or 2026 but that has reportedly been extended since customer feedback revealed there just aren’t enough chargers in the U.S.
Either way, Porsche also needs to be extremely careful with how handles the Macan in the U.S as it was the second best-selling model in the market in 2022 delivering 86,724 units. At a meeting with dealers held in Canary Islands, Porsche said it will review what happens following “customer pushback” about the underdeveloped charging infrastructure estimated to negatively impact sales of the Macan EV.
On top of that, during the same meeting, dealers had the chance to see the electric Macan as well as an updated Porsche Taycan scheduled to come out next year. The spectacular Mission X concept was also there, but Porsche didn’t say anything about planning a production version. Does this mean it is set to be the successor to the 918?
Well, aside from the Porsche Macan EV, Porsche is also working on two additional electric SUVs as the next-generation Cayenne will also lose its ICE powertrain while a flagship three-row model is in the works as well. Meanwhile, the 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman will also likely be discontinued by 2025 to make room for more EVs.
The only Porsche model in that is not ditching the ICE powertrain in favour of electrification anytime soon is the famous 911 sports car. Sadly, it is also all but confirmed that it will go hybrid in the coming years. There are also rumors that the GT2 RS hybrid version will even push out more than 700 horsepower thanks to this.