If somebody expected Porsche may be among the types leading the cost on plug-in hybrids back while Chevrolet released the Volt in 2010-just as Porsche was debuting its first-ever production hybrid with the Cayenne-that person must be trading futures in Wall Street. By replacing this SUV with this 2015 Cayenne S E-Hybrid plug-in, Porsche presently has three plug-ins, more than another car manufacturer. Obviously, among those three is a 918 Spyder, that isn’t specifically well known production. But nevertheless.
To obtain the Cayenne to plug-in status, Porsche basically grafted inside the Panamera E-Hybrid’s high-voltage battery, electric motor, and power electronics, improving a lithium-ion battery capacity to 10.8 kWh on the sedan’s 9.4. Normally, the powertrain is similar, through the Audi-sourced supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 to the Aisin eight-speed automatic. Torque is routed to any or all 4 wheels with a limited-slip center differential using a rear-biased (58-percent) torque distribution.
The residual car is identical on the currently revamped Cayenne, with a few exceptions. The 282-pound battery, consisting of 104 individual cells, consumes the space normally available to a spare tire. Compared to different Cayennes, the $77,395 E-Hybrid offers 2 extra buttons on it is middle console. Selecting “E-Charge” prioritizes restoring a used up battery therefore upcoming power driving is feasible. That improves fuel consumption by about 20 percent, based on Porsche. In “E-Power” mode, though, the Cayenne goes exclusively at the single electric motor at speeds up to 78 mph. This ability is largely aimed at European marketplaces, when it allows owners to avert congestion costs in particular cities. Americans will be able to utilize this silent-running option to sneak up on friends or, at the least, valets.
Every time the Cayenne starts, it’s in E-Power mode by standard, supposing you will find enough juice inside the battery. Porsche claims that charging with a 240-volt hookup takes close to three-and-a-half hours with all the regular 3.6-kW charger; an optional 7.2-kW unit can reduce that to 90 minutes if you've got admission to a high-voltage feed.
Driving in a city makes it tough to desire more power than the electric motor manufactures. Maximum acceleration with all 416 gas-and-electric horses should returning a zero-to-60-mph sprint well below six seconds, along with a quarter-mile will go in only above 14 ticks, as stated by Porsche. No too bad for any two-and-a-half ton ute.
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