First Shipment of Porsche Panamera Plug-ins Due Next Month

By · December 18, 2013

2014 Porsche Panamera S e-Hybrid sedan

2014 Porsche Panamera S e-Hybrid sedan.

Porsche dealerships starting taking orders for the Panamera S e-Hybrid sedan in November. Beverly Hills Porsche already has 19 orders for the sexy plug-in electric vehicle, marketing director Jay Huffschmidt told “This model will be very popular in Los Angeles,” he predicted.

The cars are being shipped now, and should be here in about a month, said Huffschmidt. The 19 orders represent about a two-month’s supply, he said. A dealership’s allotment depends on the location, time of year, and other factors, Kristin Ballard, product communications specialist with Porsche Cars North America told

All of Porsche’s 189 dealerships in the U.S. are selling the S e-Hybrid. The base price is $99,000. Porsche wouldn’t reveal how many orders it has so far or how many it expects to sell in 2014.

The rear-wheel drive e-hybrid, produced in Leipzig, Germany, is Porsche’s first plug-in electric vehicle. It is a parallel full hybrid that carries a V-6 supercharged 3-liter gasoline engine with direct injection. It can do zero to 60mph in 5.2 seconds, according to Porsche. The gas engine roars in at 333 horsepower; the electric motor at 95 hp. It can travel around 20 miles on electricity alone. The vehicle hasn’t received a miles per gallon rating.

The 9.4 kWh lithium-ion battery can be recharged in 2.5 hours using a Level 2 240-volt supply. A Porsche-designed charger comes standard with the vehicle and can recharge at 110V or 240V. The Panamera S e-hybrid also gains charge while on the road through regenerative braking or via the combustion engine.

2014 Porsche Panamera S e-Hybrid sedan

2014 Porsche Panamera S e-Hybrid sedan.

Beverly Hills Porsche has received a lot of inquiries about the Panamera S e-hybrid, said Huffschmidt. About two months ago, it borrowed two of the EVs from the factory in Germany and had invitation-only test drives over three days.

Potential buyers went out with Porsche sports driving instructors, first taking the car on an all-electric drive around town then on a more wide-open sports car drive. “They were all excited,” said Huffschmidt. “Once we get one here for regular demos we will sell a lot more. It’s L.A. When new technology comes along L.A. people are always the first on it.”

The next hybrid electric plug-in vehicle we will see from Porsche is the 918 Spyder plug-in hybrid supercar. “It is a monster car,” said Huffschmidt. The 918 has up to 887 “e” horsepower, including a 608 hp 4.6L V-8 combustion engine plus a pair of electric motors that deliver 279 hp.

The 918 is custom order only, costs $845,000, and Porsche will only produce 918 units. Beverly Hills Porsche has been taking orders for over a year and has three so far. When will delivery of the 918 begin? “I hope sometime in 2014,” said Huffschmidt.

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