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Porsche Planning Plug-in Hybrid Production by 2013

Stuttgart maker pushing three different hybrid technologies.

by on Mar.02, 2010

The plug-in powertrain in the Porsche 918 Spyder Concept could see production, possibly in a Boxster, within a couple years.

Look for Porsche to put its first plug-in hybrid into production something during the 2013 model-year, the sports car maker’s CEO told during a conversation at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show.

The lithium-ion based system is making its debut on the Porsche 918 Spyder Hybrid concept, one of three different hybrid offerings gracing the German maker’s stand at this year’s Geneva show.  What’s particularly significant is Porsche’s use of three different hybrid technologies, one for each of the models debuting at PALExpo.


That includes a “full” hybrid system that will debut in the second-generation Porsche Cayenne SUV, which launches next autumn.  The Cayenne will be able to drive for brief distances – at speeds of up to 98 mph – solely on battery power, but like other current hybrid systems, it is intended to run primarily on a mix of battery and gasoline power.


First Look: Porsche 918 High-Performance Hybrid

Going green at 198 mph.

by on Mar.02, 2010

The Porsche 918 Spyder Concept combines race car performance with the fuel efficiency of a minicar.

Who says you can’t be green…and mean?  Not Porsche, which is debuting an assortment of high-performance hybrids at this year’s Geneva Motor Show.  That includes the new 918 Spyder concept, which combines race car-like acceleration, a top-speed of 198 mph, and the fuel efficiency of a micro-car.

Taking its bows alongside the GT3 R Hybrid race car and the 2011 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid, the Porsche 918 Spyder concept is a mid-engine sports car using plug-in hybrid technology.  The high-revving V8 side of the package develops a full 500 horsepower at 9,200 RPM.  But that’s paired with a pair of electric motors on the front and rear axle that can themselves turn out another 218 hp.

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The gasoline engine and rear motor drive the back axle through Porsche’s 7-speed PDK, an electrically-shifted manual gearbox.  The front motor drives the forward axle through a single-speed transmission.