If a person predicted Porsche would be one of the brands leading the charge on plug-in hybrids back when Chevrolet launched the Volt in 2010-just as Porsche was debuting its first-ever production hybrid using the Cayenne-that person should be trading futures on Wall Street. By changing this SUV on this 2015 Cayenne S E-Hybrid plug-in, Porsche now has 3 plug-ins, greater than another car maker. Of course, among those 3 is the 918 Spyder, which isn’t precisely popular manufacturing. However.
To have the Cayenne to plug-in status, Porsche generally grafted within the Panamera E-Hybrid’s high-voltage battery, electric motor, and power electronics, upping the lithium-ion battery power to 10.8 kWh on the sedan’s 9.4. Normally, the powertrain is alike, on the Audi-sourced supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 to the Aisin eight-speed automatic. Torque is sent to any or all 4 wheels using a limited-slip center differential with a rear-biased (58-percent) torque distribution.
The rest of the vehicle is identical on the currently revamped Cayenne, with a few exceptions. The 282-pound battery, consisting of 104 individual cells, consumes the space normally available to an additional tire. Versus different Cayennes, the $77,395 E-Hybrid has two additional switches at its center device. Selecting “E-Charge” prioritizes restoring a depleted battery so future electric driving are possible. That improves fuel use by about 20 percent, according to Porsche. In “E-Power” mode, though, the Cayenne moves exclusively around the single electric motor at speeds up to 78 mph. This ability is mostly targeted at European markets, where it enables buyers to avert congestion expenses in specific cities. Americans are able to utilize this silent-running option to sneak standing on friends or, at the very least, valets.
Each time a Cayenne starts, it’s in E-Power function by default, supposing there's ample juice inside the electric. Porsche claims that charging with a 240-volt hookup takes about three-and-a-half hours with all the normal 3.6-kW charger; an various 7.2-kW unit can reduce that to 90 minutes assuming you have admission to a high-voltage feed.
Driving in a city causes it to be tough to wish for more power than the electric powerplant manufactures. Maximum acceleration with any 416 gas-and-electric horses ought to returning a zero-to-60-mph sprint well below 6 seconds, and a quarter-mile will pass in just more than 14 ticks, according to Porsche. No too shabby for a two-and-a-half ton ute.
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