Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid Featured In Fully Charged

3 years ago by Mark Kane 8

Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid

Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid

Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid in Detroit

Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid in Detroit

Robert Llewellyn recently had the opportunity to drive for the very first time a Porsche: the Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid.

General impressions seems to be positive, however high available power makes it difficult to drive economically. It’s easy to forget this is a green machine.

The 9.4 kWh lithium-ion battery is sufficient for ~20 miles in EV mode, but to get full performance the Audi-based 3.0-liter gas engine turns on.

In the first five months of 2014, 370 of Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid were sold in the U.S.

“At over £88,000 the Porsche Panamera S e-Hybrid is the most expensive production car I’ve ever driven on Fully Charged (including the Tesla Model S)
A plug in hybrid Porsche, nice.”

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8 responses to "Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid Featured In Fully Charged"

  1. Spec9 says:

    The Germans may become the real wildcard in EVs. They’ve finally all jumped in and started making plug-in vehicles . . . there are plug-ins now available from BMW, VW, Mercedes, Porsche, and Smart.

    And, with Putin being a world-class a-hole, they will continue to strongly move forward with solar, wind, biomass, and other alternative energy sources. They now often have surpluses of electricity. Well, time to snap up some of that excess power with EVs. And solar is now so cheap to install there that many many people have PV systems. Why not get an EV to charge up with that PV electricity?

    They could quickly become dominant in EVs. The US better watch out. And Japan may flail if they continue down the hydrogen highway.

    1. Rob Stark says:

      Germany plans to create an infrastructure for hydrogen vehicles over the next seven-to-ten years via a program called H2Mobility. Relatively speaking, what the German government is doing in support of BEVs is a pittance.

      German BEV market share .12% USA BEV market share .4%. CA BEV market share 1.4%.

      Frankly, I strongly doubt German domination of BEVs.

      1. Spec9 says:

        Those numbers are not worth looking at since the Germans JUST started shipping EVs. The future is what matters. Everyone has an H2 program as a backup in case it catches on so I wouldn’t use that as a strike against them. We’ll see how things develop.

    2. EVMD says:

      The problem in America is that only Tesla is serious about EVs. Our politicians are Govern by the Oil and Coal industry and is becoming the technological fight between Tesla and powerful brands with State support. Just imagine when UE pass the law of no ICE in downtowns, that will be huge. Saying that Tesla still fighting for the right to sell an American made car in US.

  2. Alok says:

    Well, I cannot get excited for any plug-in hybrid with short range (AER) and partial performances in pure EV mode. Especially if it’s a sports car…
    Can’t they go (at least) the Volt way, but with a much bigger battery? Whatever the costs (for luxury cars)(savings would anyway be huge).
    Much better (already economically convenient for luxury cars): a pure EV with long range (>200 miles). For it to have mass appeal, there needs to be a dense net of fast charging stations. Yes, just what Tesla is doing. They should do the same, and possibly better. Why not better? Faster chargers (>250 kW)(you need them, especially with faster charging, bigger batteries coming). Each such charger could have 2 plugs. Good for two 125 kW simultaneous charges, or any combination. But each cable/plug should support the total power (250 kW or more).
    Anyway, it should at least be as good as Tesla’s.
    I’m a great supporter of Tesla, and I’m aware of their pivotal role in “raising the bar”.
    Then, I wish everyone to “jump higher”!
    Elon just reiterated his openness to other automakers joining the Supercharger network/standard, with a contribution proportionate to the expected share of use. He said nobody has asked them, yet… Whatever… (long discussion possible here…).
    Otherwise, they need a new standard. German automakers and EU authorities just support CCS (which is not good enough – as Chademo is not good enough), instead of doing “the right thing” (a more powerful standard, with stations built with government (EU, US, …) funds). In one year it could be done (at least a first phase, with 300-400 stations).
    Not that they didn’t think of it (at least the automakers)(enough to look at Tesla, in particular for the luxury business). It’s just that they’ll do it only when they are forced to. I hope that is “now” – thanks to Tesla… (The Supercharger network in Europe should have 128 chargers up by winter 2014-2015, according to the updated map – http://www.teslamotors.com/superchargers. Even more in US).
    The network of chargers would initially serve mainly high end cars (big BMW, Mercedes, Audi, Porsche – even Rolls-Royce…) and then more and more all BEVs (with cheaper, bigger AER batteries coming). When I think that it could be done with just, what…?
    Say: 500 chargers (in EU plus other Western European countries – same in US) @ €500,000 each (something like that…), is €250 m. But even if it’s 2-3 times as much… Not much (for the EU or US) to start changing the whole transportation system! Big reduction in oil import. Then, add more as the need arises.

    PHEV vs BEV? Different winners for different needs. At present, an EREV might still be more convenient for some of the “regular” cars.
    But for luxury cars, I absolutely think there should be no compromise. Just go Tesla’s way! Now.
    Finished.
    That’s my take.
    Anyone listening? BMW, Mercedes, Porsche…?

  3. EVMD says:

    Plug-in hybrids are the first step for many people to accept a full EV. Volt even Prius played a roll in the change of mind of many owner to move to a full EV.

    1. Alok says:

      Well, I don’t know…
      I don’t really think it works like that.
      I think that when one comes to know and appreciate PHEVs, he usually knows, or will also come to know about BEVs, and will chose one or the other depending on his needs.
      But even if that were not the case for all, I think it’s likely the case for most wealthy people: they’re (in general) more knowledgeable and smarter then the average person, more independent thinking and ready to take up something new, if they think it’s something good, without waiting for the crowds to embrace it. They are the pioneers, typically. So, they’ll likely not have any problem in getting a BEV, if it works for them.
      And I think that’s an important reason for Tesla’s success (and why the same business model would work nicely for any luxury brand – in particular).
      Many of those who buy plug-ins now used to own a hybrid just because that was the greenest option at that time, I’d guess.
      But now… no need to pass through hybrids or PHEVs, if BEVs work for you.

      Side note: of course there are a lot of very intelligent people who are not wealthy (they just don’t have wealth accumulation as a goal in life. So intelligent they are…) 🙂

    2. Jeff Southard says:

      +1 For our 1-car family, the Ford CMax Energi PHEV is a stepping stone. After having it for nearly a year, my wife seems comfortable with a Tesla Gen 3 replacement. She’s fallen for pure EV driving and curses gas stations like me.