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Review of Porsche’s 2018 Panamera 4 E-Hybrid

Porsche_Panamera_S_e_hybrid_SAO_2014_0294This could be the vehicle that has it all. It comes as a full-sized prestige sedan handling like a sports vehicle. This bit is applicable to all Panamera models. This four-door sedan is not only fast, but it can be used to run short errands without using any gasoline. All the features in question also apply to Tesla’s Model S. However, Tesla comes as a fully electric car. It means that drivers would be required to look for a charger at some point. The Panamera E-Hybrid falls under the plug-in hybrid electric car category. Just like other plug-ins, the model comes with a plug-in battery that is rechargeable. The gasoline engine takes over once the battery is depleted. The range of the hybrid mode ranges from 340-373 miles.

Porsche’s Panamera underwent a full redesigning for the year 2017, with the launch of a Turbo and all-gas 4S models. So, the Panamera model in question is E-Hybrid’s second generation. The new model not only adopts a shapelier body of the Panamera, but it also has gas-electric powertrains that combine a gas engine that is V-6 turbocharged with an electric motor. The electromotive capacity of the battery is 50% more with its size or weight being virtually the same. The torque-converter is displaced by a new transmission that is eight-speed and dual-clutch. The hybrid strategy of the Panamera was coined from the 918 Spyder.

In the hybrid mode, acceleration is enabled by the electric motor. When the car sets off, it is always in E-power mode, especially when the battery has a charge. For optimal efficiency, the Hybrid-Auto alternates automatically between the gas and electric propulsion. The E-Hold mode is important in conserving a charge that is to be used later. The E-Charge mode comes to play when the gas engine is used for recharging the battery as the car moves. According to Porsche, the model’s electric range at full charge is 31 miles. Statistics from a different Panamera driven previously indicates a range of 42 miles when driven at an average of 7.6 liters per 62 miles, which leaves a remainder of 8.7 miles electric range. Panamera’s E-Hybrid will be available in international markets around the middle of this year. This is clearly a great investment since it is a green car that is environmentally friendly. It also promises to deliver a striking combination of speed, space, as well as potential frugality. The styling of this model has changed from the original model. It has also improved in terms of performance and the technology used.

Leave a Comment February 16, 2017

Porsche and Audi Vying With Volkswagen over Electric Vehicle Leadership

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In-house fighting has ignited rivalry between the premium brands of Volkswagen, Porsche and Audi. Volkswagen is cutting costs following the scandal on diesel emissions cheating. Senior executives responded to Reuters concerning the internal conflict revolving around the manufacture and development of electric cars. The automaker is emerging from the hyped “Dieselgate” scandal. The international racing events analogy, which includes Le Mans 24, was used by Reuters. This analogy describes the rivalry within the automaker that will manufacture its plug-in car models. Volkswagen denied the rumor that the rivalry in question is beyond control in the boardroom.

The battle for resources is cut-throat. Every car manufacturer with the capacity to build engines is now interested in a leadership role. This leadership concerns battery packs, battery-cell and electric-motor expertise. This information was provided by one of the executives of a Volkswagen division that wanted their name to be kept anonymous. Cost cutting will also involve a dramatic reduction of jobs as the automaker faces lawsuits and penalties accrued from the Dieselgate scandal. This could affect all brands including Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, SEAT, and Skoda. The company and its union came to an agreement recently to reduce thirty thousand jobs at VW brand’s core. This will be in place of a commitment so as to avoid forced redundancies.

The ambitious goal by Volkswagen to launch up to thirty new electric car models by the year 2025 will also have impact on labor. Assembling of electric vehicles is less complex compared to conventional combustion engine cars. Additionally, fewer workers will be required to assemble. The issue will be thorny, particularly in an industry that is dominated by workers who have numerous collective wage agreements. Audi, Porsche and VW executives who did not want their names revealed, said the conflict in question was not a new phenomenon. They further added that healthy internal competition is great since it would trigger greater commercial and technical achievements. Based on a reliable source, leadership changes effected in the last year have thrown that off.

The corporate office of Volkswagen dismissed the above comments and denied there being any power struggle. It claimed that the reports were pure speculation with no foundation. Although Audi has in the past been making huge profits, it has been a loser in some internal battles that cropped up in recent years, especially following the development of car components for the Porsche brand. We just have to wait and see which automaker will eventually take the leadership role.


Leave a Comment December 9, 2016

Porsche’s New Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Car Revealed at Paris Motor Show

640px-porsche_panamera_hybrid_4During the recently held Paris Motor Show, Porsche unveiled its new Panamera hybrid with a high performance level. The new model also proved to have a superior drivetrain with minimal carbon dioxide emissions. According to Porsche, its hybrid lineup that is inclusive of the 919 Le Mans and 918 Spyder is clear proof that there is more meaning to the term hybrid than just environmental and economical sustainability. The term can also mean enhanced performance. Another faster hybrid version is under production, though the official details haven’t been revealed.

The new Porsche Panamera functions in the same way as the 918 whereby the electric motor kicks in once the driver pushes the accelerator. The electric motor generates a total power of 134 bhp, while the V6 engine generates 321 bhp. The previous model of the Panamera hybrid required depression of the pedal to at least eighty percent for maximum thrust to be provided by the powertrain. Contrary to the majority of hybrid cars that have continuously variable gearboxes, this new version of the Panamera hybrid has a dual-clutch (PDK) with eight-speeds. This serves as a replacement to the torque converter to give better efficiency and faster response time. The 2018 version is reported to do 0 to 60 in 4.6 seconds and reach a maximum speed of 87 mph using just electric mode.

There will be many driving modes for this new hybrid model. The Panamera hybrid will begin in the fully electric mode, though drivers can opt for the E-hold, which is beneficial in maintaining the current battery charge level. The E-Charge mode is used for recharging the batteries and the Hybrid Auto mode allows the vehicle to select a power source independently. The new Panamera hybrid can cover up to 31 miles solely on electric power. This means that electric power alone is sufficient to traverse numerous cities with no exhaust emissions released. There is the normal complement of Sport Plus and Sport driving options, which give ultimate performance instead of efficiency.

Additionally, the new hybrid car enjoys similar merits obtained from the upgrades incorporated in the standard car. It implies that there is an improved interior integrating touch-sensitive buttons, minimal divisive styling, and substantially improved comfort and refinement. Following its official reveal during the recent motor show, orders have already been received. Initial deliveries are anticipated to begin next year in April. The automaker is yet to offer official information regarding the car’s pricing. The key question is whether the hybrid Panamera as gas great and efficient as the traditional engine-powered vehicles. Consumers are yet to get a feel of the vehicle and only time will tell.

Leave a Comment October 7, 2016

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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