If somebody expected Porsche would be among the 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 with the Cayenne-that person needs to be dealing futures on Wall Street. By changing which Sports utility vehicle on this 2015 Cayenne S E-Hybrid plug-in, Porsche is now offering 3 plug-ins, more than any other car maker. Obviously, among those 3 is the 918 Spyder, which isn’t specifically mainstream production. But still.
To have the Cayenne to plug-in status, Porsche basically grafted in the Panamera E-Hybrid’s high-voltage battery, electric motor, and power electronics, improving the lithium-ion battery capacity to 10.8 kWh on the sedan’s 9.4. Or else, the powertrain is similar, on the Audi-sourced supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 on the Aisin eight-speed automatic. Torque is sent to all 4 wheels using a limited-slip center differential using a rear-biased (58-percent) torque distribution.
The rest of the vehicle is similar to the currently revamped Cayenne, with some exceptions. The 282-pound battery, containing of 104 individual cells, consumes the space normally available for a spare tire. Compared to different Cayennes, the $77,395 E-Hybrid offers two extra buttons in it is middle console. Choosing “E-Charge” prioritizes replacing the depleted battery so future power driving are achievable. That raises energy use by around 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, in which it allows buyers to avoid congestion costs in certain cities. Americans are able to use this silent-running option to slip up on friends or, at the least, valets.
Anytime the Cayenne starts, it’s in E-Power function by default, supposing there is adequate juice inside the electric. 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 cut that to 90 minutes assuming you have access to a high-voltage feed.
Driving in a city causes it to be tough to wish for more power compared to electric powerplant produces. Maximum velocity with all 416 gas-and-electric horses should return a zero-to-60-mph sprint effectively below six seconds, plus a quarter-mile may pass within around 14 clicks, as stated by Porsche. No too bad for any two-and-a-half ton ute.
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