2024 Porsche Macan EV vs Lotus Eletre: Which is Better?
Porsche’s best-selling Macan SUV is evolving with an all-electric version for 2024, sharing a platform with the Audi A6 e-tron. Boasting a dual-motor powertrain generating 603 hp. The Macan EV promises an extended range beyond the Taycan. With rapid charging capabilities, reaching 10 to 80 per cent in 22 minutes on a DC fast charging connection. In a surprising departure, Lotus introduces the Eletre. A high-performance electric SUV set for a 2023 U.S. launch, diverging from its traditional lightweight sports car approach. Despite increased weight from a substantial battery pack. The Eletre delivers robust acceleration with at least 603 hp, positioned to rival models like the Audi e-tron and BMW iX. While drawing design inspiration from the Lamborghini Urus, marking a noteworthy shift in Lotus’s product portfolio.
|Porsche Macan EV
|185.0 in x 76.1 in x 75.9 in
|200.9 in x 78.74 in x 64.2–64.4 in
Porsche Macan EV
Motor & Performance
Porsche hasn’t shared all the details about the Macan EV’s power setup yet. But what we do know is that it will have two motors, AWD, and go up to 603 hp for the fanciest model. There might be a version with just one motor and 2WD later on. But we’ll have to wait for more info closer to the Macan EV’s launch. We don’t know how far it can go on a single charge yet, but Porsche says it’ll be more than the current Taycan. Which can do about 227 miles on a full charge. The Macan EV will charge up real quick, thanks to its 800-volt setup, going up to 270 kilowatts. A test car drove over 250 miles on the highway and still had about 11 per cent battery left. Which makes it seem like it might go around 300 miles on one charge.
The 2024 Porsche Macan EV is anticipated to begin at approximately $80,000 for the Base model and reach around $100,000 for the GTS. More details about the various Macan EV versions and their prices will become clear as we approach the electric crossover’s release date.
Motor & Performance
The Eletre’s starting power comes from a dual-motor AWD system, giving it a robust 603 hp. Initial impressions highlight its swift performance and comfortable ride, although it doesn’t match the nimbleness of Lotus’s sports cars. The top-tier R version takes things to the extreme with a remarkable 905 hp. However, during a test, it showed some unsettling movements when we pushed the throttle aggressively. The Eletre, equipped with a 109.0-kWh battery pack, is estimated to offer about 315 miles of driving range in the base and S trims. The high-performance Eletre R’s range won’t be as extensive, expected to be around 260 miles per charge.
Price & Mileage
The Lotus Eletre is projected to have a starting price of about $115,000 for the Base model and climb to approximately $155,000 for the R variant. Lotus has outlined plans to provide the Eletre in Base, S, and R configurations, with the base price set to be below $85,000. As of now, the EPA has not released fuel economy estimates for the Eletre, and we have not had the opportunity to conduct our own testing on this electric SUV.
Acceleration & Features
Based on our test drive, we believe the Eletre has the power to reach 60 mph in 4.2 seconds. The high-performance R version is even more impressive, with an estimated 0-60 mph time of only 2.7 seconds. The dashboard is dominated by a substantial 15.1-inch touchscreen, operating a version of Geely’s ECARX infotainment system also used in the Smart #1 SUV. Standard features include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and there’s an option for a head-up display. For audio enthusiasts, an upgraded system with 23 speakers and 1500 watts is also available.