When we entered in this plug-in hybrid in our offices in Ann Arbor and established on a disk of 50 miles in rush hour, dashboard showed a full charge of the battery and a range of all-electric 14 miles. This would be that Porsche calls E-Power mode, the value default at startup and also selectable via a button on the console. Although this Cayenne had not been bound.
The previous driver had supported the E-support button, adjacent to power – and the other in your way this morning. This certificate stored the motor running to optimize the reloading, disable the start-stop function, and operate the generator without interruption. Said Porsche charges the battery pack Li-ion 10.8 kWh this way reduces economy of fuel by about 20%, but only for 20 miles or more, what it takes to Pack full of energy cells.
After that, the car runs in the hybrid mode, the driver requirements and evaluate the electronic State to charge the batteries to decide whether to use the V-6 3.0-litre supercharged 333 horsepower, 95 engine power hp or both. Travel a little more than 15 miles on battery alone for heavy congestion in the city and then about 10 miles from Interstate – the only electric motor provided a lot of pressure to merge to the road of a ramp up through more than 65 mph (claimed in this mode is 78) without engaging engine.
If we had wanted or needed, even in E-Power mode, press the pedal through a high retention would be V-6 of the light and bring the total combined production of 416 horses for support, but there was no call for it to artery blockage is US – 23 at 16:30
When the batteries are exhausted, we were on the road, where hybrids are rarely a fuel economy advantage. By pressing the button E-load and moving more than 70 to 80 km/h, we have seen the rise of the battery constantly indicator range. With a strong engine, there was no noticeable loss in performance of the additional burden charge. Dashboard revealed 14 miles of autonomy again that we would leave route in traffic jams more stop, for a touch of the switch and put us on all-electric.
Calm, strong enough for these conditions and righteousness without exhaust emissions, the electric motor took us 12 miles at home, showing the 2 miles of remaining range. Balance, then, had gone 27 miles 50.4 on battery alone. Other hybrids like the Chevrolet Volt, I would also like the driver choose when and where to deploy them the only mode of battery, a particular advantage in urban areas densely populated in the world, where regulators restrict access to fight against air pollution and carbon emissions. Some hybrids, however, combine a large battery and a system able to recharge to switch mid to full capacity.
In theory, we have connected all night and the on-Board 3.6 standard kW charger replace battery in about 3 hours. (A faster drive 7.2 kW is available, but our test car have this option of US $840). Theory gave way to the reality that we have to go to other places tonight and then we use the charge mode and yet once again, coming home with 9 miles of electric range showing.
Late at night, she seemed to be a hassle to drag the cable and put on during the night to get more than a few miles, then we do not have. Research shows that this attitude is common among owners of plug-in hybrids. the next night that us plug in, mainly because this is a test on road and we feel compelled. The ability to lead in the juice of the grid, it is what distinguishes this new model of the previous Cayenne hybrid, a hybrid with a 1.7 kWh relatively low nickel-metal-hydride battery.
This leaves the ‘cool-factor technology’ and “Save the planet for our grandchildren” sense of virtue as reasons to buy. The last partition, E – EPA combined rating of 22 mpg hybrid (they publish combined only the numbers, not city/highway, plug-ins) is a thin mpg 2 better than the default s Cayenne. In our test, a figure that could have been a little better if we had called more often, we have seen 21 mpg. But why?