Automotive News reports Porsche is hard at work on a plug-in hybrid version of its Panamera. According to unnamed sources, the vehicle is likely to begin production in 2014 and will be destined for the U.S. market. The move is part of a larger plug-in offensive from Volkswagen. VW owns 49.9 percent of Porsche and plans to debut electrified versions of its Audi Q7 and A3 as well as the European Passat. Those vehicles will reportedly trickle to market between 2014 and 2015. An all-electric Golf is also due in 2013.

Volkswagen has already made it clear the company believes the future of green driving lies in diesels and plug-in hybrids, saying the latter combines the best elements of electric propulsion and internal combustion without the compromises of a hybrid. So, why introduce plug-ins in the automaker's luxury brands? Volkswagen claims high-end buyers are more likely to take long trips, and thus need the range-extending capability of an internal combustion engine as well. Us? We think it's easier for well-heeled buyers to absorb the technology's cost premium in their already higher MSRPs.


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      Nick
      • 2 Years Ago
      The stunning Model S is a better buy than the fugly, heavy Pancakeamerica.
      EJ
      • 2 Years Ago
      "saying the design combines the best elements of electric vehicles and internal combustion vehicles without the compromises of a hybrid." Yet desperately not releasing a vastly simpler to produce pure EV as an option. I love a company that listens to it's majority shareholders, and I'm glad I'm a shareholders shareholder.
        throwback
        • 2 Years Ago
        @EJ
        Porsche fans ( I am one) have very specific expectations from their cars. A limited range is not one of them. Porsche owners DRIVE their cars, and drive them hard and long. Something a pure EV can not accomplish right now. As for a pure EV VW, well the next gen Golf will offer an EV in 2014.
        EZEE
        • 2 Years Ago
        @EJ
        Shareholder's shareholder? You own shares in people? Sweet.
      Ford Future
      • 2 Years Ago
      Porsche's are surely the most heavily converted gas to EV's we see on the internet. So, it makes a lot of sense for Porsche to lead this conversion. A plug-in hybrid, that will be more like a Volt then a Prius. Correct?
        Chris M
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ford Future
        With Porsche, they'll probably go for higher power to get better performance, that could mean a larger battery pack, or that could mean combining combustion engine with electric and a smaller lighter battery. Either approach is a possibility, we won't know for sure until more details are released - and that may take some time, as they're still mid-way through the development process. . Whatever approach they choose, it will definitely reduce gasoline consumption and should be applauded.
      EVnerdGene
      • 2 Years Ago
      k-rap I'm cancelling my Frisker order.
        paulwesterberg
        • 2 Years Ago
        @EVnerdGene
        Or you could buy a model S and smoke them both.
          Grendal
          • 2 Years Ago
          @paulwesterberg
          That's what I was thinking. I like the looks of the Model S better too. The Panamera kinda looks fat and heavy to me, though prettier than a lot of cars.
        Spec
        • 2 Years Ago
        @EVnerdGene
        Why do people keep saying 'FRisker'. Is that some sort of dig at Fisker that I don't understand?
          EZEE
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Spec
          Evidently you hit a nerve. I wondered the same thing for a long time, but didn't wonder enough to comment on it. Oddly, I left a copy of Motor Tremd in my bathroom (I am a guy, btw) and a girlfriend came out and asked about the 'Frisker.' She has a cat though. I was like, 'ahhhh, girls read in the bathroom as well.'