If anyone predicted Porsche may be among the brands leading the charge on plug-in hybrids back when Chevrolet launched the Volt in 2010-just as Porsche was debuting its first-ever production hybrid with the Cayenne-that person needs to be dealing futures in Wall Street. By replacing that SUV on this 2015 Cayenne S E-Hybrid plug-in, Porsche now has 3 plug-ins, greater than some other car maker. Of course, one of those three is the 918 Spyder, which isn’t exactly mainstream production. But still.
To have the Cayenne to plug-in status, Porsche fundamentally grafted inside the Panamera E-Hybrid’s high-voltage battery, electric motor, and power electronics, improving the lithium-ion battery power to 10.8 kWh with the sedan’s 9.4. Or else, the powertrain is identical, on the Audi-sourced supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 to the Aisin eight-speed automatic. Torque is routed to any or all four wheels via a limited-slip center differential with a rear-biased (58-percent) torque submitting.
The rest of the car is identical for the recently revamped Cayenne, with a few exceptions. The 282-pound battery, containing of 104 individual cells, consumes the space normally reserved for an additional tire. Compared to other Cayennes, the $77,395 E-Hybrid provides two additional switches at it is center device. Choosing “E-Charge” prioritizes replacing a used up battery so future electric driving is possible. That raises energy consumption through about 20 percent, based on Porsche. In “E-Power” mode, though, the Cayenne moves solely on the single electric motor at speeds up to 78 mph. This ability is mainly directed at European marketplaces, in which it allows buyers to avoid congestion expenses in specific cities. Americans are able to use this silent-running mode to sneak through to friends or, at the very least, valets.
Anytime a Cayenne gets going, it’s in E-Power mode by standard, supposing there's sufficient juice within the battery. Porsche claims that charging with a 240-volt hookup takes close to three-and-a-half hours with the standard 3.6-kW charger; an various 7.2-kW unit are able to cut that to 1 hour 30 minutes assuming you have admission to a high-voltage feed.
Driving in a city makes it tough to wish for more power compared to electric powerplant produces. Maximum speed along with 416 gas-and-electric horses should return a zero-to-60-mph run nicely under 6 seconds, and a quarter-mile will complete in only around 14 clicks, according to Porsche. No too shabby for the two-and-a-half ton ute.
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