Not your typical hybrid vehicle proposition: Porsche paving the way for future hybrid motoring with the 2014 Porsche Panamera S e-Hybrid sedan
A Hybrid System Engineered For Performance
Should you be in the market for a luxury sports sedan, and Porsche is on your list, consider taking the new 2014 Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid for a spin. What you will experience is the future of hybrid motoring, and you will quickly understand what makes Porsche special and one of the global leaders in automotive technology. Porsche’s groundbreaking work on the 918 Spyder hybrid supercar has paved the way for a wholesale shift in philosophy for the 2014 Panamera S E-Hybrid. Porsche’s hybrid technology is no longer designed to simply conserve energy, but to expend it more efficiently and almost entirely for the sake of performance.
Increased Power and Range
In the Panamera S E-Hybrid you now get a 9.4kWh battery pack (up from 1.7kWh), a 95hp electric motor (up from 45hp), and plug-in charging capabilities. The increase in battery capacity means that the Panamera can travel further at higher speeds. The increased electric motor power means that the Panamera can accelerate faster and attain higher all-electric speeds, and the plug-in charging capability means that you can commute to and from work without ever using the gasoline engine.
The large battery size is at the centre of this new hybrid philosophy. To put the new battery size into context, it is more than five times the size of the prior battery, it is 40% larger than the 918 Spyder’s 6.8kWh battery (which drives two electric motors generating 286hp), and it is twice the size as a Toyota Prius Plug-In battery (4.4kWh). The battery is now large enough to provide sustained heavy use of the hybrid system, which allows for the use of the larger electric motor and makes possible features like E-boost, which delivers the combined output from both the combustion engine and the electric motor, and air conditioning while the vehicle is off.
The plug-in charging capability also plays as an advantage to the new battery size, because with the Porsche Design charging dock installed in your house, you can fill the battery’s enormous capacity in as little as 2.3 hours. Porsche claims 36km of range from all-electric mode, but many people are experiencing upwards of 60km of range in practical use. This is comfortably more range than the average 40km per day that people commute to and from work, and makes the Panamera S E-Hybrid a viable all-electric commuting vehicle.
This Hybrid Plays Tricks On The Mind
On the open road, the Panamera S E-Hybrid experience is somewhat surreal, particularly when you’re cruising at 135km/h in all-electric mode for what seems like an eternity. The sight of the tachometer reading zero revolutions while the outside world flows past you in typical Porsche luxury puts pressure on the mind’s ability to comprehend what’s happening. Your eyes will constantly flick down to the tachometer as a smile broadens across your face.