First things first, this is not an electric car. Porsche isn’t trying to compete with Tesla. Yet. Instead, this is a hybrid. But don’t mistake it for a Prius, either. Keep in mind, the 918 hypercar is also a hybrid. Porsche has mastered the art of making a fuel efficient hybrid that still delivers the performance levels that we love and expect.
The Cayenne S E-Hybrid is what is known as a “plug in” hybrid, which means that you can plug in the car to recharge the batteries, instead of relying solely on regenerative braking to charge the system. That means that you can travel upwards of twenty miles on electric power alone. Now, while that doesn’t sound like a huge distance, the majority of people live within twenty miles of their work. So that means you could drive to work, charge while you are there, then drive home, all without burning an ounce of gasoline. But unlike a pure electric car, if you exceed that range, you can always run on the supercharged gasoline engine instead.
But, because it is still a Porsche, you can also run the electric motor and the gasoline engine together, which is good for 416 horsepower, and a 0-60 time of about five and a half seconds. Which is not too shabby for a full size, four wheel drive SUV. So whether you need quiet and efficient electric power, range increasing gasoline power, or the tire smoking combination of both, the Cayenne S E-Hybrid can meet your needs.
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