The Panamera S E-Hybrid is a parallel plug-in hybrid. This means that it can be powered by the combustion engine alone, by the electric machine alone or by both units working together. In this way, it is able to exploit the power generated by both propulsion units. It’s a concept that’s been proven since 2011. What’s new is that the high-voltage battery is recharged in around 2.5 hours via direct connection to an 240V socket or, whilst driving, through the process of brake energy recovery known as recuperation, or via the combustion engine. Thanks to innovative lithium-ion technology, its capacity of 9.4 kWh means that it also stores much more energy.
The 3.0-liter supercharged V6 engine generates 333 hp, the electric machine 95 hp. Combined, they deliver 416 hp to the road at 5500 rpm. With both drives working together, the new Panamera S E-Hybrid accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.2 seconds.
The operating range of the hybrid drive begins with emissions-free and quiet driving up to a top track speed of around 83 mph, and over a range of up to 15 miles as determined by EPA drive cycle testing. The combustion engine is fired automatically when necessary as determined by the operating strategy or actively in response to the driver depressing the accelerator pedal beyond a specially defined pressure point. The kick-down point, however, enables the maximum power output available from both propulsion units to be purposefully exploited as and when the driver chooses. In e-boost mode, the combustion engine provides assistance for the electric drive – providing a sporty shunt into the future. In coasting mode, the combustion engine is decoupled to allow the car to glide for some distance under its own momentum – thereby further reducing the fuel consumption.
In summary, the E-hybrid concept promises one thing above all: sporty performance with utmost efficiency. The workings of the combustion engine, electric machine and high-voltage battery are synchronised by the electronic engine management. All processes run smoothly and harmoniously, leaving you to concentrate on what matters the most: driving.