Saturday, June 29, 2013

Porsche Panamera S gets plug-in hybrid drive

The second generation of Panamera Gran Turismo introduces plug-in hybrid technology to the executive segment for the first time. Rahul Basu explains what exactly is getting Porsche so charged up about the outcome
Placing an electric motor in an automobile does make it emission free, but boy doesn’t it also complicate things so much more when compared to a conventional gasoline-powered vehicle. I’m going through an entire glossary of technical terms that Porsche shared with us to better understand its new Panamera S E-Hybrid, and it’s only making matters worse.
I now know that an E-Power Assistant is actually an analogue display for indicating electric power in all-electric and hybrid modes. I also understand that the Boosting functionality activates the electric motor in the new Panamera; so along with the combustion engine it can help the vehicle temporarily achieve maximum power.
Porsche’s second generation Panamera GT in its successful attempt at turning into a Plug-in Hybrid Electric vehicle has in fact ushered in a new chapter in the development of the four door, four-seater sports car, but terms like its Synchronous motors, Decoupler, PTC heater and its Hybrid module have my head spinning already.
Needless to say, the Porsche has improved on its original parallel full hybrid concept from 2009 and the ingenious Germans are understandably excited about sharing the results with us and Porsche fans subsequently.