With sales forecast to nearly double those of the conventional hybrid model it will replace, Porsche is really “charged” up on its new model, the Panamera S-E.
The S-E is one of 10 different versions of the 2014 Porsche Panamera – nine of which the maker plans to offer in the United States. With its lithium-ion battery pack, the new S-E model will be able to go an estimated 22 miles (35 km) per charge while operating in battery-only mode at speeds up to 84 mph (135 km/h).
True to its core brand values, there is no trade-off in the performance, unlike other plug-ins currently on the market, as the coupe-like sedan goes from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in just 5.2 seconds.
“It’s a real Porsche, and a Porsche must go really fast,” even if it is powered by batteries, said Stefan Utsch, director of sales and marketing for the Panamera line.
Porsche became the first German automaker to put a plug-in into production when the Panamera S-E reached European showrooms in August. U.S. sales begin in November at a price of $99,000. The vehicle qualifies for a $4,750 federal tax credit, due to the size of its battery — a 9.4 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion pack – and additional incentives in states like California.
Porsche officials also anticipate a sizable jump in sales. The S Hybrid accounted for about 6% of total Panamera volume for the 2013 model-year. The official forecast is that the Panamera S-E plug-in will jump to at least 10%, if not higher, once it goes on sale in the U.S.
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