Porsche unveiled today the ‘2018 Panamera 4 E-Hybrid’, a new plug-in hybrid version of its flagship sedan with more electric range. The original version of Panamera plug-in electric hybrid was unveiled in 2013 and was equipped with a 9.4 kWh battery pack for up to “32 km (20 miles) under the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) standard” of all-electric range.
In the 2018 Panamera 4 E-Hybrid, Porsche is introducing a bigger 14.1 kWh liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery for “up 50 km (31 miles) NEDC-rated range”. The real-world electric range should end up closer to ~20 miles, but still a lot better than what owners of the previous Panamera plug-in were achieving.
In all-electric mode, the vehicle’s top speed is limited to 140 km/h (87 mph). With the gas-powered engine, a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 (330 hp and 331 lb-ft), it enables all-wheel drive and a top speed of 278 km/h (172 mph).
In a press release, the German automaker describes the Panamera’s charging options:
“The high-voltage battery takes just 5.8 hours to fully charge via a 230-V, 10-A connection. If the driver chooses to use the optional 7.2 kW on-board charger and a 230-V, 32-A connection instead of the standard 3.6-kW charger on the Panamera, the battery fully charges in just 3.6 hours. The charging process can also be started using a timer via Porsche Communication Management (PCM) or the Porsche Car Connect app (for smartphones and Apple Watch). Moreover, the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid is fitted as standard with auxiliary air conditioning to cool or heat the passenger compartment during charging.”
It also features an updated interior (see picture below) with a 12.3-inch touchscreen.
The new vehicle will come to Europe in “mid-April’ 2017 and to the US by the end of next year, but US pricing has yet to be announced. MSRP for the Panamera S E-Hybrid started at $93,200.
After the Panamera next year, we should soon get a chance to see Porsche’s first all-electric vehicle: the Mission E.