Hybrid cars are picking up pace, with automakers and consumers looking for better fuel economy. While reducing emissions, they also reduce their impact on the environment. Porsche is planning to launch a hybrid Panamera by 2014 and it is expected to be a huge hit.
While some manufacturers like Nissan and Tesla have thrown in with the pure electric program, offering all-electric vehicles that need to be plugged in and charged, others, like Toyota and Honda, have taken a different approach by utilizing a gasoline and electric propulsion system in synchronization to power their hybrids without the need to plug them in.
This plug-in model from Porsche will most likely be based on the existing Panamera S Hybrid and share its Audi-sourced 3.0 liter supercharged V6 engine and electric motor powertrain.
Aside from the addition of a plug receptacle allowing the car to be charged from a mains outlet, the plug-in Panamera will also feature lithium ion batteries rather than the Panamera S Hybrid’s nickel-metal hydride battery packs.
Power capacity will be boosted in the process, and the electric-only driving range is expected to be close to 19 miles. With emissions legislation in Europe and the USA steadily tightening, the plug-in Panamera will give Porsche a golden opportunity to drop its fleet average emissions.
The current Panamera S Hybrid makes 380 hp from a combination of an electric motor and a supercharged V6 engine. Porsche claims a 0-60 time of 5.7 seconds with a price of $95,000. So with a plug-in hybrid the vehicle is expected to be better than the previous one.