Jan 9th, 2008 by RJ Menezes
Porsche is one of the only German manufactures to jump on the hybrid bandwagon. It announced earlier this month that it’s upcoming Panamera sports sedan would share the upcoming Cayenne Hybrid’s powertrain.
The standard Panamera sedan will make its debut in 2009 as a 2010 model. The Cayenne Hybrid is slated to arrive “at the end of the decade,” according to Porsche. The Panamera Hybrid, the company said, “will follow later, depending on market requirements.” Meaning if hybrids are still in vogue, then they’ll produce it.
The parallel hybrid system is a revelation. It permits the vehicle to operate with an electric motor, a gasoline engine or a combination of both. Fuel economy is estimated at 31 mpg for the Cayenne Hybrid.
The Panamera Hybrid will house the battery pack in the luggage compartment. The hybrid module, which bundles the electric motor and an additional clutch, will be positioned between the engine and gearbox.
This could prove to be a giant step for Porsche. Already the most lucrative auto maker in the world, Porsche needs to keep itself ahead of the curve if it wants to stay in it’s current position. A hybrid Porsche could be that answer.