The Porsche Panamera, still fairly new to the Porsche family, is one of the few 4-doors in the history of Porsche. The Panamera was originally released in 2009 and has received slight upgrades such as front and rear body facelifts for 2014. The most interesting upgrade is the new hybrid version that is offered for 2014. The hybrid is a plug-in that contains two engines; electric and gasoline. This is the first of its kind for Porsche. The combustion engine is a supercharged V6 that generates 333 horsepower and the electric engine generates 95 horsepower. The Panamera has a 9.4 kWh lithium-ion battery that recharges in about 3 hours through a direct connection. In addition, the Panamera’s battery can also be recharged while it is driving through its brake recuperation system or through the gasoline engine. The Panamera has the ability to drive with either engine running or both running at the same time. This is useful for the different types of driving conditions such as city, highway, et cetera. The Panamera hybrid is environmentally friendly in a few other ways too. For instance, it has a lightweight build to reduce fuel consumption and increase performance. In addition, the lightweight material that the Panamera is made of is easily recyclable, which makes the model a staggering 95% recyclable.
A great feature that this new hybrid has to offer is it transmits a large amount of useful information to the driver. For example, the instrument display has gauges for power, boost, electric range, energy flow and average consumption statistics. Many are directed towards determining the environmental impact of driving the car. There is even an app that has the ability to tell the driver the current charge of his or her car while they are relaxing, waiting for their car to charge. The key feature of the Panamera hybrid is that it offers environmental protection with the performance that we know, love and expect from Porsche.