2025 Porsche Cayenne EV Review
Auto Week’s April report revealed the big news: a pure EV version of the 2025 Cayenne. Auto Week reported that Stefan Weckbach, the former chief of Taycan’s Taycan project, is moving to Cayenne. This was taken as a sign that an EV might be being considered for Porsche’s renewal plan for its top-seller. This would align with Porsche’s 2021 strategy. It was revealed during the company’s earnings report, March 19, 2021. The brand claims that it will strive to achieve a CO2-neutral balance in 2030. This requires many investments as well as initiatives. One notable example is that 50% of all new Porsche cars will feature an electric motor by 2025, and more than 80% in 2030. As mentioned above, 40% of Porsches sold this year in Europe were either fully- or partially electric (PHEV).
The PPE architecture was developed jointly by Audi and Porsche. It is possible that the electric 2025 Porsche Cayenne will use it. The new BEV architecture will be used by the Porsche Macan EV. It will be available alongside its combustion counterpart in 2022. It will also produce an Audi Q6 E-tron which is a mechanical version of the electric Macan. If it chooses to launch the Cayenne electric, it would have two motors. Porsche could add more motors to the electric models it builds on its own platform in order to replicate the dynamic driving experience of ICE Porsches. Road & Track was informed by Dr. Frank Walliser about the many motor designs available. According to Frank Walliser, the man behind the Porsche 911 and 718 models, there could be one, two or three motors. Walliser was referring to future two-door electric Porsches and not an SUV, when he mentioned potential tri-motor and quad-motor models.
Audi claims the PPE is identical in performance to the MEB from the parent VW Group but with higher outputs and parameters. The PPE is capable of supporting 800V and can be charged using 270 kW fast charging. A rear-mounted electric motor is standard, and an optional second motor can be added for the front axle with AWD. Audi also highlights key features of its PPE, such as torque vectoring and AWD front axle with AWD, as well as a low floor that allows for additional interior packaging.
Media speculation suggests that Porsche Cayenne EV could technically be related to the first Audi Artemis project. If true, it could be using selected modules from the SSP platform. The SSP platform replaces the PPE platform. Project Artemis will be available in 2025. It will use significant SSP modules. This model will be the first to utilize such SSP modules. Slide from Markus Duesmann’s presentation at New Auto in Jul 2021 (above) shows how Volkswagen Group plans to use modules of Audi Artemis for other models, including Porsche EVs. Audi’s CEO is Duesmann. He also oversees R&D for the parent company.
2025 Porsche Cayenne EV Production
Volkswagen Group announced that in November 2020, it would start producing premium D-SUV models at its Hannover commercial vehicle plant. The Porsche Cayenne EV is one of these models. Automobilwoche, a German magazine about cars, reported recently that Porsche does not want to make it at Hannover, and would prefer to have a Cayenne factory. Oliver Blume, Porsche’s CEO, doesn’t want a jointly-produced model produced at the Hannover plant. Porsche’s preferred production facility is the Volkswagen Bratislava plant, where the Cayenne will be produced. Mitteldetusche Zeitung (MZ) reports that Porsche will make a third model at its Leipzig factory in Germany. MZ says it will be Cayenne’s successor. Porsche initially planned to source it from Hannover. Porsche decided to make it in-house and changed its mind. It’s more than just about better capacity utilization in Leipzig. It’s also about perceived product quality among customers. According to recent reports, a future Porsche SUV will have three rows and be equipped with an electric plug-in hybrid vehicle (PHEV). We will hear more next year about Porsche’s electric 2025 Cayenne.