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Porsche Charged Up About New Panamera Plug-in

Maker expects big sales growth for battery-based 4-seater.

by on Oct.02, 2013

The 2014 Porsche Panamera S-E plug-in replaces the outgoing Panamera S Hybrid.

Porsche is charged up about the opportunities for its new plug-in hybrid, the 2014 Panamera S-E, with sales forecast to nearly double those of the conventional hybrid model it will replace.

The S-E is one of 10 different versions of the 2014 Porsche Panamera – nine of which the maker plans to offer in the United States.  With its lithium-ion battery pack, the new S-E model will be able to go an estimated 22 miles per charge while operating in battery-only mode at speeds up to 84 mph.

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But unlike other plug-ins currently on the market, there’s no real trade-off in performance, the coupe-like sedan launching from 0 to 60 in 5.2 seconds, according to Porsche.

“It’s a real Porsche, and a Porsche must go really fast,” even if it is powered by batteries, said Stefan Utsch, director of sales and marketing for the Panamera line.

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Porsche Plugs in With 918 Supercar

A carbon fiber supercar that’s both mean and green.

by on May.17, 2013

Porsche puts the emphasis on supercar performance with its new 918 Spyder.

For those who think battery-based vehicles are, by nature, slow and boring, the new Porsche 918 Spyder plug-in supercar could deliver a shocking surprise.

True, the carbon-fiber 918 is expected to yield significant improvements in fuel efficiency – and about 18 miles per charge on its lithium-ion battery pack, but it will also launch from 0 to 60 in less than 2.8 seconds. A Chevrolet Volt it definitely isn’t.

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The new supercar “demonstrates the potential of the hybrid drive to a degree never seen before: the parallel improvement of both efficiency and performance without one being at the cost of the other,” says Porsche, which first revealed a prototype of the 918 several years ago and is launching the production version this week.

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Porsche Prepped to Launch First Plug-In

Shanghai Motor Show to bring big news for sports carmaker.

by on Apr.03, 2013

Porsche's first plug-in will debut in Shanghai.

It’s still a benchmark brand when it comes to sports cars but Porsche has shown an increasing readiness to defy expectations, whether it’s launching the Cayenne SUV, the 4-door Panamera or – just a few weeks from now – its first plug-in hybrid.

While the 918 hybrid supercar is still nearly a half year away from production, Porsche will have other plug-in news for the upcoming Shanghai Motor Show – the new Panamera S E-Hybrid.

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Largely based on the basic gas-electric drivetrain first introduced on the Porsche Panamera S Hybrid two years ago, the plug-in version will reportedly deliver “greater than 20 miles” of pure electric driving range and speeds of up to 84 mph before its twin-turbocharged V-6 kicks in.

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Bentley Confirms Plans for Plug-in Hybrid SUV

System to debut sometime after 2015.

by on Mar.07, 2013

The Bentley EXP 9F prototype during its 2012 unveiling.

Those who think batteries are for pint-sized electric vehicles and hybrids need to visit this year’s Geneva Motor Show where “electrification” has become the buzz word among high-line makers like Ferrari, Porsche, McLaren – and Bentley.

In an exclusive conversation with TheDetroitBureau.com, the British marque’s technology chief confirmed that Bentley will go into production with a long-rumored gas-electric driveline.

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“The SUV will get a plug-in,” declared tech chief Rold Frech, during a discussion at the Geneva Motor Show. But he stressed that a number of details have yet to be locked down, including the layout of the plug-in package and the precise introduction date.

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Porsche Puts $845,000 Price Tag on 918 Spyder Plug-in Hybrid

This green machine will set you back plenty of green.

by on Mar.22, 2011

The Porsche 918 Spyder will deliver 718 hp and 78 mpg

When the subject is green machines you’ll often hear the topic turn to “payback period,” the time it takes to recover the added cost of an alternative drivetrain through the money you’ll save on fuel.

When it comes to the new Porsche 918 Spyder, the German maker’s first plug-in hybrid, you’ll have to count the payback period in centuries – but then again, how many buyers will really be buying the high-performance sports car just because it saves a few gallons of gas?

More than a year after the 918 Spyder made its show-stopping debut at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, Porsche has confirmed the design will be going into production – with an asking price of $845,000.  That will make the Porsche 918 Spyder the world’s most expensive environmentally-friendly automobile, unless you consider some of the Formula One designs using hybrid power-assist systems.

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For your money, you’ll get a 500-horsepower V8 that’s paired with twin electric motors – one mounted at each axle – kicking in another 218 hp.  Lithium-ion batteries help capture energy normally lost during braking or coasting, though like the much more mundane Chevrolet Volt, the 918 Spyder can be plugged in when parked, and will yield up to 16 miles running on pure electric power.

Recharge times will run about seven hours using 110v wall current, and less than half that relying on a dedicated 220-volt charger.

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