New Porsche Panamera
Porsche chief executive officer Oliver Blume has confirmed that the all-new Panamera will soon get two "performance-oriented" plug-in hybrid variants.
Speaking to Autocar, Blume stated:
“In the near future we will have an entry plug-in hybrid model and we will have a top model. That’s our strategy."
Translation...we'll offer a low-level plug-in hybrid and a range-topping PHEV in every vehicle in the Porsche lineup.
Porsche just recently unveiled its new Panamera in both gas and diesel version. The two PHEVs model will be up next, and should help sales, which have struggled since the arrival of the Porsche Cayenne S e-Hybrid (see monthly EV sales for all models in the US here).
“For me at this moment the plug-in versions are the best way to fulfil all the CO2 regulations but also our performance needs. We have the possibility to put in more power.”
Separately, Jörg Kerner, Porsche's head of drivetrain development, commented:
“If you drive a Porsche you want to have fun. That’s the reason we say we have a performance type of hybrid. You can drive electrically but you can also have fun."
“I think we have a Panamera 4S and we have a Panamera Turbo, so in the hybrid you can also have different cars.”
Autocar speculates that perhaps Porsche will offer both a V6 and V8 Panamera PHEV.
Porsche Mission E
As for pure electric, Kerner commented:
“When we talk about a full electric car, it must be the most highest performance one. When we launch an electric car, it will be a real Porsche and you will be able to drive it like a 918 or a 911."
“We are working on our strategy for the next years and one important point is to carry over all of our traditional experience and combine it with future technology. Electric technology is very important for Porsche, but so is our performance know-how. In the end we will have a car that will offer both Porsche performance and full electric performance.”
Kerner also made a few remarks in regards to the upcoming Mission E. Kerners says it will have:
“a very high power electric motor that will be the best one when we launch the car. We will aim for a driving range of about 310 miles and what will be very important for us will be the charging time.
“Via an 800-volt charging system, we will be able to do an 80% charge in 15 minutes. That will be a plus point for our customers, especially on longer trips – to stop the car, charge it, drink a coffee and then continue to drive.”