Nearly One Per Five Porsche Cayenne Sold In March In U.S. Were Plug-In Hybrids

2 years ago by Mark Kane 18

Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid sales in U.S. – March 2016

Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid sales in U.S. – March 2016

Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid

Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid

The Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid is attracting more and more consumer interested over the standard gasser Cayenne.

In March, and amazing 18.9% of Cayenne sold in the U.S. (244 out of 1,294) were plug-in hybrids – by far a record.

Also the growth year-over-year is now highest ever at 239%.

Not bad for a SUV with up to 14 miles of EPA all-electric range.

Despite the Cayenne plug-in’s success, and perhaps due to it (as they use the same basic e-drivetrain), the  Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid doesn’t sell that well (only 23 units, or 6.9% out of 334, which is less than half that of 2015 result).

Overall when combined however, Porsche electric sales are now highest ever.  The secret is out of the bag in the premium segment, if you want sales to grow in the future…it had better plug-in.

Porsche plug-in car sales in U.S. – March 2016

Porsche plug-in car sales in U.S. – March 2016

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18 responses to "Nearly One Per Five Porsche Cayenne Sold In March In U.S. Were Plug-In Hybrids"

  1. alex says:

    Tesla Model X factor?

    1. Beta995 says:

      Tesla Model 3 factor?
      There will be an SUV variant.
      Was this a dealer blocking issue, now that there’s something much better coming, they’d better sell these if they want to survive.

      Also, if you’re waiting for a Model 3 SUV to replace this, you can get your garage wired and start practicing with electric usage.

      1. deborah 007 says:

        Agreed 🙂

  2. mark says:

    “the Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid doesn’t sell that well”

    I guess most peole wait for the panamera big facelift and new design in august.

  3. Terawatt says:

    Anything less than 40 miles of all-electric range is a gimmick and not really worthy of being called a plug-in hybrid. BMW X5 PHEV was tested in light city driving getting plugged in whenever it was parked, and ended up still using more gasoline than the average oil burner. Pathetic!

    1. beta995 says:

      I’d say 30 in the real world is the minimum.
      But, in this price point, yes, you’re probably right.

    2. Nix says:

      For an SUV, 20-25 miles of range eliminates about the same gasoline consumption every year as replacing a typical 4-cyl small to midsize gas car with a pure EV. Sure, it will still use quite a bit of gas. But it saves quite a bit too.

      I don’t know about the example you gave with the BMW, and the Porsche is well short of the 20-25 mile range, but 40 is overly optimistic for an SUV PHEV at this point. It is even fairly aggressive for a passenger car at this point. Only the Volt gets those numbers.

      20-25 miles provides significant gas consumption reduction, and shouldn’t be dismissed

    3. Mr. M says:

      Wow a bimmer uses more fuel than the average car. What new facts, not. In fact they should have compared the X5 PHEV against the X5 with the same horsepower.

      A 14 miles AER saves between 20-50% of fuel usage, depending on driving style. Sure 80% would be better, but 35% is a very good start compared to the ~1% better fuel consumption that new ICEs accieves every year.

  4. SparkEV says:

    Call me cynical, but is this another PH just to get carpool lane access?

    1. Benjamin says:

      No more green stickers for carpools for PHEV in California.

      1. SparkEV says:

        Last I read was they were forming a waiting list in case PH get more stickers. Is it certain no more?

        Another cynical view; is this another lame attempt to take up EV charging spots with pathetic range PH drivers who think they are for entitled to park there without charging?

  5. Jojo says:

    What’s nice about the Porsche twins is that you can charge them to full in about an hour with the faster (optional) on-board charging equipment. 6-7kW should be the minimum for all of these cars.

  6. pjwood1 says:

    S E-Hybrid is a gateway car, with a Porsche badge. In a couple years, they will have to double the battery size or watch these buyers leave. There’s still no sign VW/Porsche/Audi will even experiment with a range-extender, like i3 or Volt.

  7. wavelet says:

    The more interesting question IMO is not what % of the cars sold were PHEVs, but what % of miles driven were electric…

  8. mustang_sallad says:

    Even modest electrification of these big gas guzzlers is huge progress. Let’s say you travel 15,000 miles a year, or about 40 miles a day, you can probably cover 28 of that on electricity, because charging this thing is fast and easy (charging at 110V at work is often easy to pull off). That leaves 12 miles on gas at 22mpg, or 0.5 gallons for 40 miles each day. A regular Cayenne gets 20mpg combined EPA, or 2 gallons per day. So a Cayenne PHEV can save 1.5 gallons of gas per day.

    Now let’s take a Volt and compare it to a Chevy Cruze. Under this scenario, the Volt wouldn’t burn any gas at all. A Chevy Cruze gets 30mpg. Driving 40 miles a day would mean 1.33 gallons per day. So switching from a Cruze to a Volt would save 1.33 gallons per day.

    Now we can sit around and discuss whether people should be buying luxury SUVs in the first place, but I think we’ll find it a lot easier to sway those folks into a futuristic plug-in version of the thing they were going to buy anyways. If you can sway them into a Model X instead, good for you, but meanwhile, you can’t deny the benefits that these PHEVs bring us in the short term (significant fuel savings) and in the long term (gateway drug to greater electrification).

    1. Just_chris says:

      I wish you could buy a reserve tank for the battery, I remember hiring a hilux in Africa that had a reserve tank. It was really well done, you wouldn’t even know it was there apart from the fact that the first 50 litres didn’t show on the fuel gauge. These vehicles are so huge I can’t understand why they didn’t leave space for an additional pack…. Then again I don’t understand why the SUV packs are soooooo damn small!

      1. pjwood1 says:

        Does a Cayenne have any more room than Cherokee, or a CUV wagon? There’s also the space needed for all the turbo plumbing, because you never know when that 100-150mph speed zone is going to open up.

  9. tom911 says:

    The fact that there is a stop sale on the Cayenne Diesel is also helping. No diesel cars for 2016 (all sitting at the port with no time frame for release) or for the future at this point. They have even been removed from the website and Porsche dealers are not allowed to sell used ones either.

    I agree that the 7.2 charge option along with the pre-condtioning option and the ability to charge the battery more than 50% while on ICE are all big pluses over competing brands.

    The fact that there are very few SUV plugins available is also helping. The BMW X5 40e does not have a fast charge option and can only recharge the battery to 50%. The Volvo has a small gas tank and Model X has those stupid Falcon doors and non-folding rear seats that severely limits its utility.

    If manufacturers were smart they’d make a CUV with a min of 25 (real world) electric range (Volt like?) and make a killing on sales. I’ve been waning 4+ year and still don’t see anything on the horizon.