Porsche expects Panamera S E-Hybrid to account for 10,000 sales

Article by Anita Panait, on July 31, 2013

Porsche is expecting the Panamera S E-Hybrid to account for around 10,000 sales, double the figure for its first-generation hybrid. The number is also equivalent to 10 percent of the Panamera 's expected global sales over its life cycle. Porsche’s upbeat forecast for the Panamera S E-Hybrid could be attributed to that fact that the model’s plug-in hybrid powertrain is significantly much better than the full-hybrid variant it replaces.

The Panamera S E-Hybrid 's electric drive provides up to 95 hp of output compared with 34 hp the full hybrid returns. The significant rise in power output is thanks to the setup wherein Panamera S E-Hybrid gets its energy from a 9.4-kWh lithium ion battery. On the other hand, Porsche’s first-generation hybrid draws it energy from a 1.7-kWh nickel-metal hydride battery.

Panamera model line chief Gernot Doellner told Automotive News Europe in an interview during the S E-Hybrid launch in Germany that “it is a big step from the first-generation hybrid to the plug-in hybrid.” He noted that the Panamera S E-Hybrid provides more than five times more energy compared to the first-generation hybrid."

The Panamera S E-Hybrid is also powered by a supercharged V-6 gasoline engine that provides 333-hp, making combined output reach 416 hp. According to Porsche, the Panamera S E-Hybrid consumes just 3.1 liters per 100km, compared to the 7.1l/100km fuel use of the previous hybrid. This is equivalent to emissions of 71 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer.

The Panamera S E-Hybrid reach a top speed of 135kph in all-electric model and has a range of up to 36km on battery power only. When combined, the gasoline and electric systems allows the new hybrid reach a top speed of 270kph. According to Doellner, over half of all first-generation Panamera hybrids were leased and he believes the trend will remain for the Panamera S E-Hybrid. The Panamera S E-Hybrid has a starting price EUR110,409 in Germany.

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