Porsche Reportedly Considering All-Electric SUV
Corporate-Wide Electrification Push Influences Brand
In the aftermath of Dieselgate, Volkswagen is aggressively pursuing a policy of electrification across its lineup. Certainly with the eponymous VW brand, but now it seems also with the other brands under the corporate umbrella. The latest report from Reuters says Porsche may be developing an all-electric SUV around the size of the Macan. This is based on a quote from Porsche sales chief Detlev von Platen, who said, “We have other ideas beyond the Mission E. The top-selling Macan is of course a model line that we can imagine [for electrification.]”
Porsche’s approach and philosophy toward electrification stands in stark contrast to Ferrari, which has vowed to retain internal combustion engines for its cars until it is essentially forced to go electric by regulatory mandate. Porsche showed its Mission E concept at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, a high-performance electric four-door that some saw as the company’s answer to the Tesla Model S, a vehicle that has disrupted the premium sedan segment. The limited-production Porsche 918 hybrid is the brand’s performance flagship, combining a twin-turbocharged V-8 engine with an electric drivetrain for a combined output of more than 800 hp and 940 lb-ft of torque. Both the Panamera sedan and Cayenne SUV are offered with plug-in hybrid drivetrains.