All future Porsches will be available with the option of petrol-electric drive, according to the German car maker.
A next-generation hybrid drive module, which combines an electric motor and clutches in one unit and was revealed at Porsche’s recent Panamera Hybrid technology workshop, has been designed to fit into all of the manufacturer’s future cars, including the 911.
The module will make its production debut in the Porsche 918 Spyder hypercar.
The new Panamera S E-Hybrid is billed as an advance on the first-generation Panamera Hybrid. It run on pure battery power and the electric motor is more powerful. With both motors running, the E-Hybrid has a top speed of 168mph and an electric-only top speed of 84mph. Despite this, CO2 emissions are rated at 71g/km. It can travel between 11 and 23 miles on battery power alone.
The Panamera S E-Hybrid differs from the previous Panamera Hybrid, but Porsche has also outlined plans for the next-generation plug-in hybrid. The system will be integrated into a new rear/all-wheel drive platform, called MSB, which is also set to underpin other Panamera and Bentley models. That means the first Bentley hybrid - probably the new Flying Spur - should arrive in 2017.
The next-generation hybrid module will be more powerful than the 94bhp electric motor in the Panamera S E-Hybrid. It will be both water and air-cooled, and backed up by a more energy-dense battery pack and other improvements including a lighter wiring loom, which will use aluminium instead of copper wires.
Porsche is also working on an induction charger that can be installed in a domestic garage floor. The system allows the battery to be recharged simply by being in the proximity of the charger, eliminating the need for charging cables.