In Porsche math, twice the fuel economy and five times the battery capacity equals twice the sales. At least, that's the German automaker's thinking when it comes to the sales prospects of the Panamera S E-Hybrid plug-in hybrid that will go on sale later this year, Automotive News Europe reports. Porsche is counting on the PHEV to rack up 10,000 sales, which should be equal to about 10 percent of all Panamera sales during the model's life cycle.

One reason to expect better sales is the model's improved fuel economy. Compared to the Panamera Hybrid, the PHEV's fuel economy is more than doubled to about 76 miles per gallon on the more generous European driving cycle (the EPA hasn't yet rated the US version). The 416-horsepower car is said to be able to go as far as 22 miles on electricity alone, provided that most of those horses are left dormant. For the less tree-hugging variety, the Panamera PHEV has a top speed of 167 miles per hour and, per our review, is plenty fun to drive.

Ten percent plug-ins would be a solid number. Until now, Porsche has set the bar pretty low when it comes to electric-drive Panameras. Through June, Porsche's moved just 78 Panamera Hybrids, down from 240 a year earlier.


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      DaveMart
      • 2 Years Ago
      I don't see what the moaning is about. This car will provide EV power for everyday running around, but also true no compromise cross continental cruising ability. It ain't a Tesla, it has a different set of pros and cons. The only downside is affording it, but that is Porsche for you, and part of its aura of desirability. You don't want the rabble being able to afford the same car as you, after all!;-)
      2 wheeled menace
      • 2 Years Ago
      Just, whatever you do, don't sell any more than that. You might get the Porsche guys hooked on electric power and it's fantastic torque and response..
      Jesse Gurr
      • 2 Years Ago
      Porsche: 22 miles AER Turbocharged V6 If ford wanted to, it could do this too. Ford Energi: 21 miles AER Ecoboost V6 About the same horsepower, would probably be slower though. Maybe make it a Lincoln with the Energi drivetrain and the V6 in the MKS/MKZ? Or maybe even a new Mark 9 or something.
      purrpullberra
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm sure it is an awesome car. I like the exterior of the new one better than the first gen. It is an honest Tesla ModelS competitor and it is formidable competition. If someone has the means and inclination to buy either they almost certainly will compare them. But they ultimately offer a different future, one gas-free and one with ICE back-up or an EV option for anti-smog inner-city commuting. I expect both models to sell well in Europe especially despite the economy.
      Smoking_dude
      • 2 Years Ago
      Well it would be great to see 10.000 plug-ins from porsche. Even if it only hat the 10th of the range of an tesla. this will be the initial EV for most porsche drivers. Porsche just does not have more room for batteries. They took an existing model and had to fit a battery somwhere. but it is enough for small errands and commuting. wait until they sell some and tesla comes finally to germany. even bmw got it with the i8. yes it has a small range, but FINALLY an phev. so I bet they will double the range sooner or later.
      EVnerdGene
      • 2 Years Ago
      This may very well be enough range to get you into downtown areas where ICE vehicles are banned, or to avoid paying a congestion charge where EVs get a free pass. I'll be buying mine the next time I want to go 167 miles per hour.
      Spec
      • 2 Years Ago
      Yeah, good luck with that. I think the Model S and Model X will steal your lunch money.
        paulwesterberg
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Spec
        Less range than a Cadillac ELR, costs $10 more and is slower than a Model S Performance.
          paulwesterberg
          • 2 Years Ago
          @paulwesterberg
          So I wouldn't buy it, but if someone if going to buy a luxury/performance vehicle with an ICE at least this gives them a fuel saving option and maybe they will step up to the big boy table and buy one without training wheels next time.
          Ricardo Gozinya
          • 2 Years Ago
          @paulwesterberg
          Model S has a top speed of 130 MPH, this thing has a top speed of over 160 mph. The Tesla is quicker, but not faster.
      Giza Plateau
      • 2 Years Ago
      Porsche aint got no alibi, it's ugly! :)