If someone predicted Porsche would be one of many brands leading the cost on plug-in hybrids back while Chevrolet released the Volt in 2010-just as Porsche was debuting its first-ever production hybrid using the Cayenne-that person ought to be dealing futures in Wall Street. By replacing this Sports utility vehicle on this 2015 Cayenne S E-Hybrid plug-in, Porsche presently has three plug-ins, more than any other car maker. Of course, among those 3 is a 918 Spyder, that isn’t specifically mainstream manufacturing. But nonetheless.
To get the Cayenne to plug-in status, Porsche generally grafted within the Panamera E-Hybrid’s high-voltage battery, electric motor, and power electronics, boosting the lithium-ion battery ability to 10.8 kWh on the sedan’s 9.4. Normally, the powertrain is identical, through 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 residual vehicle is similar for the recently revamped Cayenne, with some exceptions. The 282-pound battery, consisting of 104 individual cells, consumes the area normally reserved for an extra tire. Compared to different Cayennes, the $77,395 E-Hybrid provides two additional buttons on its middle console. Selecting “E-Charge” prioritizes replenishing a used up battery thus upcoming electric driving are possible. This increases energy consumption through around 20 percent, in line with Porsche. In “E-Power” mode, though, the Cayenne moves solely around the single electric motor at speeds up to 78 mph. This ability is mostly directed at European markets, where it enables buyers to avert congestion costs in specific cities. Americans are able to use this silent-running option to sneak through to friends or, at the very least, valets.
Each time a Cayenne gets going, it’s in E-Power function by standard, assuming there is ample juice in the battery. Porsche claims that charging with a 240-volt hookup takes around three-and-a-half hours with all the standard 3.6-kW charger; an various 7.2-kW unit can reduce that to 90 minutes assuming you have access to a high-voltage feed.
Driving in a city makes it tough to desire more power than the electric powerplant manufactures. Maximum acceleration along with 416 gas-and-electric horses should return a zero-to-60-mph run well beneath 6 seconds, plus a quarter-mile will complete in only above 14 ticks, based on Porsche. No too cheap for any two-and-a-half ton ute.