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Porsche wants plug-in hybrids on all models, including 911

Sports-car brand’s hybrid-electric push is part of a broader focus on fuel efficiency.

By Douglas Newcomb May 17, 2013 11:08AM

2014 Panamera S E-Hybrid. Image by Porsche.Most automakers have dipped a toe into the slowly emerging and extremely limited plug-in hybrid electric market by producing just a single model. According to British magazine Autocar, Porsche plans to introduce plug-in versions of all of its models based on technology developed for the 2014 Panamera S E-Hybrid introduced at the 2013 Shanghai Auto Show.

A Porsche representative revealed that new hybrid platforms that combine an electric motor and clutches in one unit has been adapted to fit into all of the company’s future cars, including the 911 and Cayman. It uses the same electric motor and clutch assembly slotted between the engine and transmission in the current Panamera and Cayenne hybrids, but adds a more powerful motor and battery.

The new hybrid technology is a step beyond the unit used in the Panamera S E-Hybrid and will be more powerful than its 94-horsepower hybrid-electric motor. The next-generation system will also be supported by a more energy-dense battery pack and more lightweight wire looms that use aluminum instead of copper.

Porsche says the wholesale move toward plug-in hybrids is driven by a companywide initiative to significantly reduce fuel consumption. The first phase of this new philosophy is demonstrated by the new plug-in Panamera and involves other fuel-saving technologies such as engine stop-start.

In the next stage, starting between 2016 and 2017, Porsche said its vehicles “will interact more intelligently with their surroundings,” including the use of detailed digital maps to accurately measure inclines and the radius of approaching corners so that the car can automatically choose the most fuel-efficient driving mode for each situation. Autocar also said that Porsche wants to develop an inductive charging system that would allow the car's battery to be charged wirelessly through an embedded garage floor mat.

Along with its new focus on fuel economy, Porsche plans to promote the performance advantages of its hybrid-electric powertrains. For example, the combined output of Panamera S E-Hybrid, which will go on sale in the U.S. later this year and will start at $99,975, is 416 horsepower with 435 lb-ft of torque. This propels the 4-door sedan to 62 mph in 5.5 seconds and helps it reach a top speed of 168 mph.

The Panamera S E-Hybrid will also run on electric drive alone for up to 22 miles, but not at that full acceleration or top speed, of course.

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[Source: Autocar]

May 17, 2013 2:31PM

Gosh, at only $100,000!  Think of all I can save on gas!

May 17, 2013 2:34PM
Torque from an electric motor adds to performance and with inductive charging at home and work, a commute could be gas free.
May 17, 2013 3:28PM
Politically correct has gone to far. Porsche? Are you kidding me. I'm going to go hurl. 
Dec 14, 2013 10:26PM
May 20, 2013 5:48AM

Makes sense to me. You could have your Porsche on charge while it's in the shop, awaiting parts.

That way, if you ever get it out of the dealer, it will be ready to go. With a full charge.

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