Selected Malaysian automotive journalists are going to Singapore for the launch of the Panamera S E-Hybrid on Friday. It’s a parallel plug-in hybrid which means that the car can be powered by the internal combustion engine (ICE_ alone, by the electric machine alone or by both units working together.
With both power units working together, the car has 306 kW (416 hp) at 5,500 rpm. The ICE is a 3.0 litre supercharged V6 generating 245 kW (333hp) while the electric motor generates 70kW (95 hp).
The PHEV’s 9.4kWh lithium ion battery is recharged in around 3.8 hours via direct connection to an electricity socket.The Panamera S E-Hybrid accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.5 seconds. Fuel consumption is said to average 3.1 l/100 km, as is the CO2 emissions figure of 71 g/km.
The electric-only operating range is 36 km and/or 135 kph.
The combustion engine is fired automatically when the driver pokes the accelerator pedal beyond a specially defined pressure point.
The kick-down point, however, enables the maximum power output available from both propulsion units to be purposefully exploited as and when the driver chooses. In e-boost mode, the combustion engine provides assistance for the electric drive – providing a sporty shunt into the future. In coasting mode, the combustion engine is decoupled to allow the car to glide for some distance under its own momentum – thereby further reducing the fuel consumption.
“The E-Hybrid concept promises one thing above all: sporty performance with utmost efficiency. The workings of the combustion engine, electric motor and high-voltage battery are synchronised by the electronic engine management. All processes run smoothly and harmoniously, leaving you to concentrate on what matters the most: driving,” said the Porsche statement.