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Porsche Cayenne e-Hybrid Coming in mid-2014

Porsche Cayenne eHybrid

In mid-2014, Porsche will begin selling a plug-in hybrid version of the Cayenne. The plug-in Cayenne e-Hybrid will feature a drivetrain similar in concept to today’s Cayenne Hybrid, but with significantly upgraded electrical power and capacity.

According to Motor Trend Magazine, the plug-in Porsche Cayenne e-Hybrid will feature an electric motor that cranks out approximately 100 horsepower, which will be capable of propelling the SUV to highway speeds without assistance from the vehicle’s V6 engine. The electric motor is positioned between the engine and transmission, allowing the Cayenne e-Hybrid to operate as a 4WD vehicle even when it’s in electric-only mode.

The plug-in Cayenne’s 420-horsepower capability will come online only when the gas engine engages during hybrid mode. Porsche is not yet discussing all-electric range, but the use of a 10 kilowatt-hour battery pack suggests that it could be more than 20 miles. For comparative purposes, the Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid’s 4.4-kWh pack provides about 11 miles of EV-range, while the Ford C-Max Energi’s 7.6-kWh battery pack provides around 20 miles.

Another driving mode Porsche is investigating is the driver-selectable e-charge. It slightly increases engine output for a time, using the surplus to charge the battery, so that the vehicle becomes fully charged and ready to drive in electric-only mode.

For more information on the 2014 Porsche Cayenne e-Hybrid, visit Chapman Porsche of Tucson.

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