Porsche just unveiled its first ever plug-in vehicle – the 2014 Panamera S E-Hybrid! The new hybrid vehicle builds upon the Panamera S hybrid, but adds a more powerful electric motor with a higher-performance battery. Best of all, it has the ability to be recharged from home Western union agent or public vehicle charging stations.
The Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid is powered by a 416 horsepower hybrid system. The electric drive produces 95 hp,and electricity is stored in a newly developed lithium-ion battery, which at 9.4 kWh has increased capacity over the previous battery (1.7 kWh). Via the integrated on-board charging componentry and the standard Porsche Universal Charger (AC), the battery can reach full charge within approximately two and a half hours when connected to a 240V power source.Final U.S. EPA fuel economy ratings will be available closer to launch, but Porsche estimates that the electric driving range of the Panamera S E-Hybrid will be greater than 20 miles. The Panamera S E-Hybrid can reach up to 84 mph in all-electric operation. The Panamera S E-hybrid is capable of accelerating from 0-60 mph in 5.2 seconds, which is an improvement of a half second compared to the Panamera S Hybrid.The 2014 Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid will be available late in 2013, starting at $99,000.
(source: habitat.com – written by Marc Carter, 04/03/13)