[Video] The Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid explained image

Because you can’t be totally green until you understand the inner workings of the ecosystem, Porsche has decided to reveal a compelling video describing the new Panamera 4 E-Hybrid’s capabilities.

Porsche is trying to showcase how its E-Performance drive system of the plug-in Panamera is able to deliver great fuel economy but also become really fast when needed. Since it has moved to a completely new generation, the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid is way better at every turn than its predecessor, with the Germans now packing the E-Performance powertrain. The idea is to not only be frugal, but also seriously quick – which is a great way of selling eco-friendly credentials, if you ask us. The hybrid’s heart is the new electric motor rated at 136 horsepower (100 kilowatts) and 295 pound-feet (400 Nm) of torque – which is accessible every time, not only when the driver pushed more than 80 percent of the pedal as in the predecessor.

The electric motor gets the juice from a liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery located underneath the trunk floor, with a capacity of 14.1 kWh but the same weight as the old 9.4 kWh battery – delivering an electric-only range of 31 miles (51 kilometers). Go for the full-electric drive mode and the Panamera still reaches 87 mph (140 km/h) – with the battery capable of recharging via a 230-V, 10-A connection in 5.8 hours, or just 3.6 hours with the optional 7.2 kW charger. There’s also that new biturbo 2.9-liter V6 gasoline engine good for 330 hp (243 kW) and 332 lb-ft (450 Nm) of torque – the combined total equates to 462 hp (340 kW) and 517 lb-ft (700 Nm), enough to sprint to 62 mph (100 km/h) in just 4.6 seconds. Tipping the scales at 2,170 kilograms (4,784 pounds), the company still claims a 2.5 liters / 100 km fuel economy in the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC), with corresponding CO2 emissions of 56 g/km.