Today Porsche announced that with the U.S. launch of the Cayenne S E-Hybrid, it will become the first automaker to offer 3 plug-in hybrid electric vehicles in the country.
Similar to the Panamera S E-Hybrid, the Cayenne S E-Hybrid will carry only a small premium over the comparable internal combustion engine version. Priced at $76,400, it’s only $2,300 more than the Cayenne S, which is less powerful and has less features/options than the S E-Hybrid version.
Launching with the new generation of the Porsche Cayenne, the Cayenne S E-Hybrid is the first plug-in hybrid in the ‘premium SUV segment’. The vehicle is scheduled to launch in the U.S. well before the end of 2014, which will make it the first plug-in SUV in the country ahead of the Outlander PHEV, and the Tesla Model X.
The Cayenne S E-Hybrid has an electric top speed of 78 mph, and a hybrid top speed of 151mph. 0-62mph is achieved in 5.4 seconds because of the total system power of 416 horsepower, and 435 lb-ft of torque.
Interest in learning more? Visit the Porsche Plug-in forum to discuss the model with other soon-or-want-to-be owners.
Press Release from Porsche
The Cayenne S E-Hybrid is the first plug-in hybrid in the premium SUV segment. The technical progress made here is immense compared to the previous Cayenne S Hybrid. The new model has a lithium-ion traction battery with an energy capacity of 10.8 kWh, which enables pure electric driving. The power of the electric motor was more than doubled, from 47 hp to 95 hp, resulting in an all-electric top speed of 78 mph. Combined with the 3.0 liter supercharged V6 (333 hp), a total system power of 416 hp at 5,500 rpm and a total system torque of 435 lb.-ft. from 1,250 to 4,000 rpm is available. This enables driving performance on the level of a sports car: zero to 62 mph in 5.4 seconds and a top speed of 151 mph. The traction battery can be charged from the electric power grid or while driving. Porsche Car Connect is standard on this vehicle, and allows the driver to pull relevant vehicle data from a smart phone.