Hybrid technology has become a key component of Porsche’s global vehicle strategy, and customers are responding with plenty of enthusiasm. Nowhere is that more evident than Porsche Panamera E-Hybrid sales, which have surpassed 1,500 units worldwide and represent almost 10% of total Panamera sales, according to the sports car maker.
With a starting price of about $99,000, the Panamera E-Hybrid is about 25% more expensive than the all-electric Tesla Model S, and it doesn’t get all the same tax incentives either thanks to a smaller 9.7 kWh lithium-ion battery. Even so, of the more than 16,000 Panamera sales this year, over 1,500 buyers opted for the E-Hybrid option, and the model has been credited with helping lift Panamera sales 28% in 2014. Credit is due to the combined output of 416 horsepower, a 0 to 62 MPH time of about 5.2 seconds, and a 16-mile all-electric driving range.
Though the EPA has rated the Panamera E-Hybrid at 22 MPG city and 30 MPG highway (25 combined), Porsche claimed that over 42 separate test drives covering about 750 miles of test driving, they averaged about 54 MPG, on par with the EPA’s 50 MPGe rating. That’s a huge bump from the standard conventional Panamera, which tops out at 22 MPG combined according to the gov’ment.
Porsche’s first-ever production plug-in hybrid is doing even better than hoped, and that makes the likelihood of future hybrid Porsches all the more certain.