If someone predicted Porsche would be one of many brands leading the charge on plug-in hybrids back while Chevrolet launched the Volt in 2010-just as Porsche was debuting its first-ever production hybrid using the Cayenne-that person must be trading futures on Wall Street. By changing which Sports utility vehicle on this 2015 Cayenne S E-Hybrid plug-in, Porsche is now offering three plug-ins, greater than some other car manufacturer. Clearly, among those three is the 918 Spyder, that isn’t specifically mainstream production. However.
To get the Cayenne to plug-in status, Porsche generally grafted in the Panamera E-Hybrid’s high-voltage battery, electric motor, and power electronics, boosting a lithium-ion battery power to 10.8 kWh from the sedan’s 9.4. Usually, the powertrain is identical, with the Audi-sourced supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 for the Aisin eight-speed automatic. Torque is sent to all or any four wheels via a limited-slip center differential with a rear-biased (58-percent) torque distribution.
The rest of the vehicle is similar for the currently revamped Cayenne, with a few exceptions. The 282-pound battery, consisting of 104 individual cells, consumes the space normally reserved for an extra tire. Versus different Cayennes, the $77,395 E-Hybrid has 2 extra switches on its middle console. Picking “E-Charge” prioritizes replenishing a depleted battery thus upcoming electric driving are feasible. This increases fuel use by around 20 percent, in line with Porsche. In “E-Power” mode, though, the Cayenne moves exclusively at the single electric motor at speeds up to 78 mph. This ability is largely aimed at European markets, in which it enables users to prevent congestion costs in certain cities. Americans will be able to utilize this silent-running option to sneak standing on friends or, at minimum, valets.
Every time a Cayenne gets going, it’s in E-Power mode by standard, supposing there's adequate juice in the battery. Porsche claims that charging with a 240-volt hookup takes close to three-and-a-half hours with all the normal 3.6-kW charger; an optional 7.2-kW unit can reduce that to 1 hour 30 minutes if you have access to a high-voltage feed.
Driving in a city will make it hard to desire more power compared to electric motor manufactures. Highest acceleration along with 416 gas-and-electric horses should return a zero-to-60-mph sprint well under 6 seconds, plus a quarter-mile may pass in just over 14 ticks, as stated by Porsche. No too cheap for any two-and-a-half ton ute.
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