The new Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid plug-in hybrid will be unveiled at the upcoming Paris Motor Show, according to recent reports.
The new model, which will be the fourth in the Panamera line of vehicles, will reportedly possess an all-electric range of around 50 kilometers (31 miles). Presumably, this figure will be a fair bit lower in the US, where the EPA’s tighter testing standards (compared to the EU’s) have to be met.
Total system output on the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) for plug-in hybrid models is 340 kW (462 horsepower) and 700 N·m of torque, reportedly. This relates to a stated fuel economy of 2.5 l/100 km (94 mpg).
The press release from Porsche continues: “The Panamera 4 E-Hybrid is available to order now, with prices starting at €107,553 (US$122,000) including VAT in Germany…The new Porsche plug-in hybrid always starts in purely electric mode and drives without generating any local emissions within a range of 50 kilometers and a maximum speed of 140 km/h (87 mph). The all-wheel Porsche achieves a top speed of 278 km/h (173 mph)…The four-door hybrid sports car accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.6 seconds. The torque is transferred to all four wheels;the standard three-chamber air suspension delivers an optimum balance between comfort and dynamism.”
The strategy used by the new Panamera 4 E-Hybrid is apparently based on that used by the 918 Spyder — with the Panamera electric motor (100 kW + 400 N·m torque) coming into play as soon as the accelerator is pressed down. Previous Panamera hybrids apparently didn’t utilize the electric drive unless the pedal went more than 80% down.
The new battery-pack is a 14.1 kilowatt-hour (kWh) pack, rather than a 9.4 kWh one, despite weighing the same as the previous one. Charging times are rather slow though, with there being a 5.8 hour charge-time with the 3.6 kW onboard charger (via a 230-V, 10-A connection). There’s an optional 7.2 kW on-board charger available though, which can cut charging times to “just” 3.6 hours.
The 7.2 kW charger really should be standard… In my opinion. Are they not wanting people to use the charger at all?
First deliveries of the new model in the European market are expected in April 2017.
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