Brand’s biggest SUV inherits the PHEV system of the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid

Porsche has launched an electrified version of the Cayenne called the E-Hybrid, which inherits technology from the powertrain of the hot-selling Panamera 4 E-Hybrid.

The all-wheel-drive SUV variant uses a 3.0-litre V6 instead of the Panamera's 2.9-litre unit (which is smaller because of a larger crankshaft that shortens the engine’s stroke) with an eight-speed Tiptronic S automatic gearbox, but it borrows electric hardware from its liftback sibling to produce up to 456bhp and 516lb ft of torque. This enables a 0-62mph time of 5.0sec and top speed of 157mph.

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Porsche claims an all-electric range of 27 miles and a top speed of 84mph in pure-electric driving. It takes 7.8 hours to fully charge the 14.1kWh battery with a 230V connection. This falls to 2.3hr if an optional 7.2kW on-board charger is fitted. The car’s charge rate can be managed remotely via a Porsche Connect app.

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Average fuel consumption for Cayenne E-Hybrid’s entire powertrain (according to the New European Driving Cycle) is rated at up to 88mpg. This makes it the most efficient version of the current-generation SUV, overtaking the incumbent petrol V6 alternatives. Porsche doesn’t currently have any diesel models on sale, although a diesel Cayenne is due next year.

When pressed, the hybrid powertrain, which is said to benefit from technology first introduced to the 918 Spyder, can provide maximum torque instantly. In Sport Plus mode, Porsche says virtually all of the battery’s energy can be used up in a boost. In Sport mode, the fluid-cooled battery provides less energy and is constantly replenished to enable continued boosts of torque.

Although the Cayenne E-Hybrid’s starting price of £67,128 places it at the top of the range, the success of the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid shows the high demand for plug-in hybrids in this price bracket. Last year, petrol versions of the Panamera accounted for 35% of sales, while the 4 E-Hybrid accounted for 50%; this suggests the PHEV variant could significantly boost the Cayenne’s reach.

Along with the new powertrain, the Cayenne range also gains new driver assistance technology. Porsche is introducing its first head-up display, which will be in full colour, via the 2019 model. A more advanced adaptive cruise control system is also added to the line-up.

In addition, a heated windscreen, remote-operated independent heating and massage seats join the options list. There are also new 22in light metal wheels.

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2 May 2018

 27 miles...?, what use is that?, ok, for pootling around Town fine, I get that, but if your going to do a Leccy powered Car at leat make it do two or three hundred miles...

Peter Cavellini.

2 May 2018
It's a hybrid Peter not pure EV, so 20-25 miles is about all you can expect in real-world driving.

Personally that would still work for me and would be just enough to get me to/from our nearest major town without firing up the engine.

2 May 2018

The hybrid also means that you pay less tax on the car...and it's the short journeys that are the most inefficient.

#Dieselsforlife

2 May 2018

...that the "wealthy" will be able to drive around in the city (any city) while the hoi poloi will be taxed or banned from entering it their dirty diesels. The range only has to "get you around the city" and the figure given is at top speed so expect double that range at urban crawl speed. This will carry on untill the hoi poloi get electric cars then that 7.2kw will "become an issue" and electricity production and car charging will be more heavily taxed. Brought to you by the VAG group, how nice is that?

2 May 2018
405line wrote:

...and car charging will be more heavily taxed. Brought to you by the VAG group, how nice is that?

People keep saying it - but nobody explains how any government or town can specifically tax the charging of a car? Well, in order to do that -- you'd somehow have to be able to discriminate that, from all the host of other electric appliances people have connected. Am not clear on what method of such distinction could be used, and electric cars can after all be charged from any socket you can connect one with -- assuming a person would be willing to forgo rapid charging or so called super-chargers. And electricity in a battery is the same wherever you've charged it. In short, even though governments would legalize special charging ponts everyone supposedly would have to use - for taxing purposes. People would charge where they would please regardless in order to avoid the tax quite clearly. Meaning, your idea that governments would specifically tax car charging - doesn't appear at all practical.

2 May 2018
405line wrote:

...that the "wealthy" will be able to drive around in the city (any city) while the hoi poloi will be taxed or banned from entering it their dirty diesels. The range only has to "get you around the city" and the figure given is at top speed so expect double that range at urban crawl speed. This will carry on untill the hoi poloi get electric cars then that 7.2kw will "become an issue" and electricity production and car charging will be more heavily taxed. Brought to you by the VAG group, how nice is that?

People seem to have really got in for anyboady who has made an effort and actually got somewhere in life. Plus eletric/ hybrid cars are rapidly coming affordable think nissan leaf or toyata auris.

#Dieselsforlife

2 May 2018

You can get a smart meter to recognize when a car is being charged, also you can be charged in KVA involving "power factor! for real and apparent power rather than KWH an SMPS have a pretty poor power factor...we will see

2 May 2018
405line wrote:

You can get a smart meter to recognize when a car is being charged, also you can be charged in KVA involving "power factor! for real and apparent power rather than KWH an SMPS have a pretty poor power factor...we will see

And how exactly would smart meter make that distinction? Well, I can't see how.After all, you can charge your electric car in a normal socket - if you're willing to wait an entire night till next morning, meaning there would be no difference in rate of charging or power to differentiate that charging from having nomal appiance connected. 

2 May 2018

Then I was doing my laundry all night long - well, the plug can have long cable and the outlet can be right beside my washer and drier. So let 'em prove, this can't have been me - washing drying my clothing all night long. -----

What the state actually shall most probably do - is not to attempt such an idiotic tax; rather most probably -- road taxing shall be raised. Meaning, on all road use naturally. Thus meaning, ICE vehicles probably get double taxed - road tax raised as ICE vehicles get fewer on the roads. Ultimately meaning road tax ends up pretty high to cover for the los of revenue in fuel taxes. 

2 May 2018

Signalling over the power lines that will enable of a car charger under a subscription from the power company and the charger will not work without "the signal "under new rules and regulations in a government proposal for example, what's to stop that. Have a look at what's happened in France if you think this is pure fantasy or what I've mention is "all made up". The additional taxes may just come from a geneal need to upgrade the "grid" to support all the current it will be expected to deliver safely an someone is going to have to pay for that if EV are going to be the norm. I have internet over the power line at home so that technology already exists for signals on the power line.

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