If someone predicted Porsche would be among the types 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 ought to be trading futures on Wall Street. By changing which Sports utility vehicle on this 2015 Cayenne S E-Hybrid plug-in, Porsche presently has three plug-ins, much more than another car manufacturer. Clearly, one of those 3 is a 918 Spyder, which isn’t specifically 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, upping a lithium-ion battery capacity to 10.8 kWh with the sedan’s 9.4. Or else, the powertrain is similar, through the Audi-sourced supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 on the Aisin eight-speed automatic. Torque is routed to all of 4 tires via a limited-slip center differential with a rear-biased (58-percent) torque submitting.
The residual car is identical to the currently revamped Cayenne, with some exceptions. The 282-pound battery, consisting of 104 individual cells, consumes the area normally reserved for an extra tire. Compared to different Cayennes, the $77,395 E-Hybrid offers 2 additional switches in its center console. Selecting “E-Charge” prioritizes replacing the used up battery therefore future electric driving are achievable. This increases energy consumption through about 20 %, in line with Porsche. In “E-Power” mode, though, the Cayenne moves solely on the single electric motor at speeds up to 78 mph. This ability is mostly aimed at European markets, in which it allows users to avoid congestion fees in certain cities. Americans will be able to use this silent-running option to slip standing on friends or, at the minimum, valets.
Every time the Cayenne starts, it’s in E-Power function by default, assuming there's sufficient juice inside the battery. Porsche claims that charging with a 240-volt hookup takes about three-and-a-half hours using the common 3.6-kW charger; an optional 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 desire more power compared to electric engine produces. Highest velocity along with 416 gas-and-electric horses should return a zero-to-60-mph sprint well beneath 6 seconds, plus a quarter-mile may pass in only above 14 ticks, according to Porsche. No too bad for the two-and-a-half ton ute.
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