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Porsche introduces plug-in hybrid Panamera

Porsche introduces plug-in hybrid Panamera image

Text: / Photos: Porsche Press | posted April 18, 2013 17:05

Looking into the future

Porsche is introducing its first plug-in hybrid in the luxury class with the Panamera S E-Hybrid. It is a systematically advanced development of the parallel full hybrids with a more powerful electric motor, a higher-performance battery that supplies more energy and the ability to charge it externally from the electrical grid.

Panamera S E-Hybrid

The Panamera S E-Hybrid boasts of a hefty 416 hp, 95 of which are provided by the electric motor. Its electric motor draws energy from a new lithium-ion battery that has 9.4 kWh energy capacity, exceeding the previous battery by over five folds. When connected to an industrial outlet, it can be charged within two and a half hours via the integrated on-board charger and the standard Porsche Universal Charger (AC), while conventional household outlets(in Germany) can charge the battery in less than four hours.

Instrument cluster

Aside from the battery capacity, its all-electric driving performance was also improved with regard to acceleration, range, and top speed. According to the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) based tests, the Panamera S E-Hybrid has an all-electric driving range of 36 km (with the air conditioning and heating deactivated). Porsche meanwhile stated a more realistic range of 18-36km all-electric driving range.

Rear

The overall performance of the Panamera S E-Hybrid was also improved with a 0-100km/h acceleration time of 5.5 seconds that was achieved with the help of the electric boost function. Its top speed is at 270 km/h while during all-electric operating mode, it will yield a top speed of 135 km/h.

Gran Turismo

Along with the Panamera S E-Hybrid, two executive versions are also making their debut with an extended wheelbase and an entirely new three-liter V6 engine with biturbo that will be fitted on the Panamera S and Panamera 4S.