The change from conventional ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) propulsion system to Electric propulsion system is now going to get even more serious with the entry of Porsche. This world-renowned car manufacturer announced its first plug-in hybrid car, the Panamera S E-Hybrid on 3rd April.
Porsche promises that there will be no decline in the department of performance. This four-door sedan will be running on a parallel hybrid electric/gas combined propulsion system producing an impressive 416 horsepower. Out of this, 95 hp will be derived from the electric motor, and the rest of the horses from the 3.0-liter V6 gas engine with twin turbo chargers.
Set side by side to the Panamera S Hybrid which was launched by Porsche in the early part of 2011, this new version is capable of reaching the maximum speed of 167 mph and reduce a half-second to accelerate from a standstill to 60 mph. While the S Hybrid uses the seven-speed PDK, the S E-Hybrid model is equipped with the eight-speed Tiptronic S automatic. But Porsche did not mention anything about the mileage during the announcement and has later revealed that the numbers will not be available until the EPA has tested this new car. However Porsche promises us to expect considerable improvement with the mileage of the S E-Hybrid in comparison to the 30 miles per gallon of the Panamera S Hybrid.
The Panamera S E-Hybrid will let you drive in the electric-only mode for 20 miles. After that, the charge is depleted and it switches automatically into the combined electric/gas mode. It will also have access to Android and iOS apps in order to keep a tab on its location, functions and charging status.
This is not the costliest car in the Panamera series. Therefore, be ready with $99,000 if you are planning to bring this baby to your home when it rolls out in November or early December this year.