Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid News
Porsche has already produced two plug-in electric vehicles for the U.S. market. However, the currently available plug-in versions of the Panamera and Cayenne are, according to recent statements from executives, just the beginning of the brand’s vehicle lineup that could add an entire lineup of plug-in hybrid and all-electric models in the coming years.
Audi will introduce a new more powerful, lighter and more fuel-efficient version of its Q7 sports utility vehicle at the 2015 Detroit auto show in January. Here’s the big news for plug-in fans: the new Q7 will be offered with a powerful one-two combination of plug-in capability and a 3-liter V-6 diesel engine.
Porsche dealerships starting taking orders for the Panamera S e-Hybrid sedan in November. Beverly Hills Porsche already has 19 orders for the sexy plug-in electric vehicle, marketing director Jay Huffschmidt told PluginCars.com. “This model will be very popular in Los Angeles,” he predicted. The cars are being shipped now, and should be here in about a month.
It's usually easy to tell if a car is a plug-in: there's no exhaust pipe. But the Porsche Panamera S e-hybrid is no ordinary plug-in. It has four large pipes on its rear. The message is clear: This is not an electric car with a range extender. The gas engine is a powerful unit. This car needs it to be a real Porsche.
The Panamera S E-Hybrid includes a mobile charging unit that can be adapted to support nearly any electrical outlet around the world.
The $99,000 Panamera S E-Hybrid pushes the performance envelope, with 5.2-second zero to 60 times. Fuel economy? We don't have that info yet.
Porsche is not yet confirming production, but its plug-in hybrid Panamera Sport Turismo could launch in about three years as competition to the gasoline-only Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake and BMW 6-Series.