Plug-in hybrids for Porsche [CAR June 2012 print edition]

Luxury brand looking for efficiencies

July 8, 2012
by Canadian Automotive Review staff

From the June 2012 print edition of Canadian Automotive Review.

Porsche is focusing on the development of production cars with hybrid power systems.

“For Porsche, the combustion engine will continue to play a vital role for the drive system of sports cars in the foreseeable future,” explains Wolfgang Hatz, member of the executive board—research and development, for Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG.

The expansion of electrification in hybrid models and the optimization of the conventional combustion engine will play a major role in future drive system developments. “With the Panamera and the Cayenne, Porsche has already launched two hybrid models on the market. The sales figures for the Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid for 2011 are more than twice as high as the figures of all our competitors combined in this market segment,” Hatz says.

Porsche says it is developing solutions to get even greater efficiency and performance from the synergy effects of combustion engine and electric motor.