Thursday, April 4, 2013

Porsche plugs in the Panamera

Porsche plugs in the Panamera:

Porsche replaces the speedometer with a power gauge in the Panamera S E-Hybrid, and keeps the tach front and center.
(Credit: Porsche)
In announcing the 2014-model-year Panamera, Porsche released details of a new plug-in hybrid variant, a replacement for the current Panamera Hybrid model. The new model, termed the Panamera S E-Hybrid, gets a larger battery pack and more powerful electric motor than the previous Panamera S Hybrid.
Porsche says the 2014 Panamera S E-Hybrid will drive over 20 miles under electric power.
That distance may not sound like much, but it is a robust number for plug-in hybrids. Ford rates its C-Max Energi at 21 miles of electric range, while the Chevy Volt, the leader in the class, rates at 38 miles.
Porsche also notes the Panamera S E-Hybrid can hit 60 mph in 5.2 seconds, faster than the previous Panamera S Hybrid model.

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