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Panamera S E-Hybrid is a True Porsche and a True Plug-in

It is normally quite easy to identify a plug-in car. For instance, most plug-in cars usually lack an exhaust pipe. Panamera S e-hybrid is however, a unique plug-in vehicle. The rear end of this car has four big pipes. This sends a clear message that this is an electric car without range extender. One of the most powerful units is the gas engine. Therefore, this car needs to have them so that it can be considered a true and real Porsche. One of the expectations of Porsche drivers, at least in its home country, is for the car to have the capacity of sustaining a high driving speed. If a car cannot confidently do 140-miles per hour, then it is not considered a Porsche.

Panamera S e-hybrid has been clocked with a high speed of approximately 167 miles an hour. Everything is this car is designed in such a way that it fits in that speed requirement. This is with the exception of its battery and the electric motor. The top speed is maintained at 84-miles per hour when the car is running in the electric mode. The batteries available in the market today are unable to sustain high-speed driving. However, this Panamera is known for having several inventions linked to its strong body. The car’s cooling systems serve as a perfect example. The vehicle has at least five cooling systems.

The car has one air-cooled system for the electric motor. Other components that require thermal regulations utilize a water-cooling system. These components include the power control unit, turbochargers, the gas engine, and the battery. There are different requirements for each component. This means that it was not possible to incorporate all the components to form one cooling system. The charger is another critical system. Kilowatt energy hours of 9.4 are stored in the battery. According to Porsche, this energy can go up to twenty-one miles of electric driving. On a small-size battery like this, one would expect the car to have a charging system specifically built for a normal home socket. This is however not the case with Porsche, which is associated with a dual-tension charger. The charger has a unit of 3.8 kilowatt and can work perfectly with a home current of 230 volts or an industrial current of 380 volts. Generally, Panamera S e-hybrid begins in electric vehicle mode. The driver can then choose to engage the car in hybrid mode to save electrical energy and enhance the performance.

 

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An Overview of Local and Federal Incentives for Electric Cars and Plug-In Hybrids

Different electric and hybrid car websites are doing their best to get information on the ever growing number of state and federal-based incentives for buying a plug-in hybrid or electric car. It is essential for potential electric car buyers to know the amount of money that can be saved prior to purchasing a plug-in vehicle. Some of the key information and incentives available will be highlighted below.

Better and Special Rates of Electricity

There are several electric utilities nationwide that provide better and special rates of electricity. These include time-of-use rates, which minimize the cost of electric car or plug-in hybrid power. The low rate of electricity can greatly lower a car’s charging cost. It is advisable for prospective buyers to check with their local utility companies to known the exact rates.

Charging Equipment

A 30-percent credit for purchase and charging equipment cost can be claimed by electric vehicle buyers. This can add up to thirty thousand dollars for businesses and one thousand dollars for individuals. The rules scheduled to culminate on 31st December 2011 were extended to the year 2013.

Insurance Discounts

Many key insurance companies including Farmers give discounts of up to five percent. They may also provide more discounts for hybrid and electric car owners. It is recommended to get more details from the insurance agents. It is also essential to find out more about the type of companies that give the best rates of discounts to electric vehicle owners.

Conversions

A tax credit amounting to ten percent of the conversion cost was received by drivers that converted a gas-powered car into an electric car, or a normal car into a plug-in hybrid. Unfortunately, this incentive came to an end on 31st December 2011. Additional incentives are provided by individual states like Florida and Colorado. These incentives include state tax credits and rebates.

Some of the State Incentives

Colorado

Some of America’s most generous tax credits for plug-in hybrids and electric cars are offered by the state of Colorado. As much as eighty-five percent of the cost premiums for plug-in hybrids and electric cars are available in some cases. Most of such incentives are being phased out.

District of Columbia

In this district, all cars getting 40 or more miles a gallon are often exempt from tax that is usually imposed on an original title’s certificate.

Georgia

This state offers credits on income tax amounting to at least twenty percent of an electric car cost. Any eligible business enterprise can receive an income tax credit for purchasing or leasing an electric vehicle charger located within the state.

 

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