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A closer look at Porsche’s latest plug-in hybrid

on October 28, 2013

Source: Arabian Business

Porsche showcases its state-of-the-art technology at the Dubai International Motor Show.

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The latest state-of-the-art plug-in hybrid technology from Porsche will be showcased at the 2013 installment of the Dubai International Motor Show. Priced at $132,300, the Panamera S E-Hybrid is the first plug-in hybrid in the luxury class.

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The Porsche Gran Turismo boasts 416 horsepower, accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in 5.5 seconds and can reach a top speed of 270 km/h. It can also drive considerable distances in all-electric mode, with a range of up to 36 km and an electric driving top speed of 135 km/h.

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The Panamera S E-Hybrid is a systematically advanced development of the parallel full hybrid drive system with a more powerful electric motor, a higher-performance battery that supplies more energy and the ability to charge it externally from the electrical grid.

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The electric drive produces 95 hp, which is more than double the power of the previous model’s electric motor at 47 hp. It draws its energy from a lithium-ion battery, which at 9.4 kWh has over five times the 1.7 kWh energy capacity of the previous battery in nickel metal hydride technology.

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The charging process takes less than four hours when connected to a conventional household electrical outlet. It can also be charged within two and a half hours if connected to an industrial outlet via the integrated on-board charger and the standard Porsche Universal Charger (AC).

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Porsche has been consistent with showcasing their commitment to the emobility programme. In 2010, it revealed the 918 Spyder concept along with the Cayenne S Hybrid. Just a year later, it delivered the first units of the Panamera S Hybrid to the Middle East.

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The company recently celebrated the world premiere of the production version of the 918 Spyder at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show; first units are scheduled to be delivered to Middle Eastern customers next year. Designed as a high-performance hybrid with plug-in electric module, the vehicles are limited to a worldwide production of just 918 individually numbered supercars.

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The 918 Spyder is the first plug-in hybrid super sports car with a total of 887 hp combined from one V8 combustion engine with 608 hp and two electric motors. It can a top speed of 325 km/h, an acceleration from 0 to 100 in less than 2.8 seconds and an average consumption of a mere 3.3 to 3.0 litres per 100 km. is the first ever plug-in hybrid supercar.

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