If anyone expected Porsche would be one of several types leading the charge on plug-in hybrids back while Chevrolet launched the Volt in 2010-just as Porsche was debuting its first-ever production hybrid with the Cayenne-that person should be trading futures at Wall Street. By changing which Sports utility vehicle on this 2015 Cayenne S E-Hybrid plug-in, Porsche now has 3 plug-ins, more than another car manufacturer. Obviously, one of those 3 is a 918 Spyder, that isn’t precisely mainstream manufacturing. But still.
To have the Cayenne to plug-in status, Porsche basically grafted in the Panamera E-Hybrid’s high-voltage battery, electric motor, and power electronics, improving the lithium-ion battery power to 10.8 kWh from the sedan’s 9.4. Otherwise, the powertrain is identical, on the Audi-sourced supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 for the Aisin eight-speed automatic. Torque is sent to all 4 wheels with a limited-slip center differential with a rear-biased (58-percent) torque submitting.
The remainder of the car is similar to the recently revamped Cayenne, with a few exceptions. The 282-pound battery, containing of 104 individual cells, consumes the area normally available for an extra tire. Compared to different Cayennes, the $77,395 E-Hybrid has 2 additional switches at it is center device. Picking “E-Charge” prioritizes replacing a depleted battery thus future power driving is possible. This boosts fuel use by about 20 percent, in line with Porsche. In “E-Power” mode, though, the Cayenne moves solely around the single electric motor at speeds up to 78 mph. This ability is mainly directed at European markets, when it enables buyers to avert congestion costs in particular cities. Americans can utilize this silent-running mode to slip through to friends or, at the very least, valets.
Anytime a Cayenne gets going, it’s in E-Power mode by default, assuming you will find adequate juice within the electric. Porsche claims that charging with a 240-volt hookup takes around three-and-a-half hours with all the common 3.6-kW charger; an various 7.2-kW unit are able to cut that to 90 minutes if you have access to a high-voltage feed.
Driving in a city will make it tough to desire more power than the electric motor manufactures. Highest acceleration with any 416 gas-and-electric horses need to return a zero-to-60-mph run nicely below 6 seconds, and a quarter-mile will pass in just above 14 ticks, according to Porsche. No too bad for the two-and-a-half ton ute.
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