Porsche’s factory in Leipzig, Germany, currently builds the Panamera and Macan models, both of which have ICE power plants. But that’s set to change in the near future as the manufacturer has confirmed that the next-gen Macan will be an all-electric model.
The production facility, which employs over 4,000 workers, will receive over €600-million in investments in the near future, part of which will go towards erecting a new body shop; since it was opened, in 2000, the facility has seen nearly €1.3-billion in total investments. The new body shop is specifically being built to accommodate production of the all-new battery-powered Macan.
Gerd Rupp, Chairman of the Executive Board at Porsche Leipzig, said
‘ Over the past few weeks, we have reached some important milestones on our way to becoming an electromobility site. The period of time between now and the start of production of the next Macan generation is certainly going to be a challenge. However, it is also an opportunity to future-proof the plant and to prove ourselves as a team. ‘
Aside from the creation of the new 75,500 square meter (812,675 square foot) body shop, Porsche also announced it will be modifying the existing production line in order for it to accommodate ICE powertrains, as well as hybrids (which have been produced at the plant for nearl 10 years) and full electrics.
The automaker also added a fast charging station outside the facility too. This is called ‘ Porsche Turbo Charging ‘ and it has a total capacity of 7 megawatts. Porsche says this makes the site Europe’s most powerful charging park.
Gallery: Porsche Leipzig Factory Expansion EV
Regarding the all new Macan that will be built in Leipzig, Porsche has not really revealed much aside from the fact that it will be an EV. We do know it’s expected to debut in 2022, as well as the fact that Porsche may still offer plug-in hybrid and conventional ICE variants of the model alongside the EV.
With the EV powertrain, though, Porsche will be able to push power levels to new heights for the top of the range Macan Turbo and Macan Turbo S variants. Some reports are even suggesting that the latter may have around 700 horsepower, so we’re really excited to see that come to fruition.
Construction work on schedule for the fifth plant extension
Porsche Leipzig gets ready for electromobility
Leipzig. All signs point forwards at Porsche in Leipzig: Preparations for the start of electromobility are underway across the plant. All construction work is on schedule. The external work on the new body shop for the third-generation Macan, the first fully electric version, is now complete. The next step is to set up the plant inside the building.
“Over the past few weeks, we have reached some important milestones on our way to becoming an electromobility site”, said Gerd Rupp, Chairman of the Executive Board at Porsche Leipzig GmbH. “The period of time between now and the start of production of the next Macan generation is certainly going to be a challenge. However, it is also an opportunity to future-proof the plant and to prove ourselves as a team.”
“Since the initial ground-breaking ceremony in February 2000, we have invested more than 1.3 billion euro to develop the plant”, said Albrecht Reimold, Member of the Executive Board for Production and Logistics at Porsche AG. “This expansion project to enable production of purely electric vehicles will ensure that the plant is ready for the future.” To facilitate this project, Porsche is investing more than 600 million euro at its Leipzig site. The foundation stone was laid for the new body shop with a total area of 75,500 square metres in March 2019.
Due to the Corona crisis, the official topping-out ceremony was cancelled but Mayor of Leipzig, Burkhard Jung, still visited the site and was shown the latest developments last Friday (July 3).
“Porsche in Leipzig has evolved from an assembly plant to a technology driver for the entire European automotive industry. The milestones for developing the drive technologies of the future are being set right here in Leipzig”, said Mayor Burkhard Jung.
In addition to the work on the new body shop, the assembly line is being modified significantly. Porsche is expanding the existing production line and has scheduled this work to fit in with the upcoming summer plant shutdown. When the work is complete, three different drive types will be produced on a single line: petrol, hybrid and pure electric vehicles. This new setup will give the Porsche Leipzig plant maximum flexibility.
The customer centre is already equipped for electric vehicles: This February, Porsche set up a fast charging park called “Porsche Turbo Charging”, which offers a total capacity of seven megawatts. The Leipzig site is therefore home to Europe’s most powerful fast charging park, which operates exclusively on electricity from renewable energy sources.
Electromobility is not a completely new concept for the Porsche Leipzig site. The plant has now been producing hybrid vehicles for ten years. “Our employees have years of experience in dealing with alternative drive types. They can’t wait to start working on electric vehicles in addition to our hybrid models”, said Gerd Rupp. “We think it’s important to involve the entire workforce in the upcoming change so we have already initiated the qualification measures for the purely electric Macan.”
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