If somebody predicted Porsche may be one of many types 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 needs to be dealing futures on Wall Street. By replacing that Sports utility vehicle on this 2015 Cayenne S E-Hybrid plug-in, Porsche now has 3 plug-ins, a lot more than any other car manufacturer. Clearly, one of those 3 is the 918 Spyder, that isn’t exactly mainstream manufacturing. However.
To get the Cayenne to plug-in reputation, Porsche generally grafted in the Panamera E-Hybrid’s high-voltage battery, electric motor, and power electronics, boosting the lithium-ion battery power to 10.8 kWh in the sedan’s 9.4. Usually, the powertrain is identical, on the Audi-sourced supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 on the Aisin eight-speed automatic. Torque is sent to any or all 4 tires using a limited-slip center differential utilizing a rear-biased (58-percent) torque submitting.
The remainder of the vehicle is similar on the currently revamped Cayenne, with some exceptions. The 282-pound battery, containing of 104 individual cells, consumes the space normally reserved for a spare tire. Compared to other Cayennes, the $77,395 E-Hybrid has two additional switches at its middle console. Choosing “E-Charge” prioritizes replacing a depleted battery thus upcoming electric driving is possible. That raises fuel consumption by about 20 %, in line with Porsche. In “E-Power” mode, though, the Cayenne moves solely at the single electric motor at speeds up to 78 mph. This ability is largely aimed at European marketplaces, where it enables users to prevent congestion costs in certain cities. Americans can utilize this silent-running option to slip standing on friends or, at the minimum, valets.
Every time the Cayenne starts, it’s in E-Power function by standard, assuming there's ample juice in the electric. Porsche claims that charging with a 240-volt hookup takes about three-and-a-half hours with the standard 3.6-kW charger; an optional 7.2-kW unit can reduce that to 1 hour 30 minutes assuming you have access to a high-voltage feed.
Driving in a city causes it to be tough to wish for more power than the electric motor produces. Highest acceleration along with 416 gas-and-electric horses ought to return a zero-to-60-mph run well under 6 seconds, plus a quarter-mile will go in just above 14 clicks, according to Porsche. No too shabby for a two-and-a-half ton ute.