Porsche to Offer Hybrid Versions for All Models
Porsche recently held a tech workshop for its new Panamera Hybrid, explaining that it has created a new hybrid unit that brings the electric motor and clutches together and that this will be suitable for all its future models.
In order to reduce fuel efficiency and emissions, Porsche went back to the basics, deciding to reduce the number of revs an engine performs per kilometer. In order to achieve this, the engineers mixed features like stop start, coasting, coasting with the engine off, as well as plug in hybrid mode use.
Porsche offered a few hints about a future plug-in transmission. This will outperform the new 95 hp hybrid electric motor in the 2014 Panamera and will rely on both water and air for cooling, It will get its energy from an even denser battery pack, while its wiring will use aluminum instead of copper.
In addition, Porsche also aims to develop a charging infrastructure, with the company currently working on induction chargers that offer wireless recharging for home use.
The unit, which is expected to debut on the next-generation Panamera in late 2016, will be placed on a new rear- and all-wheel drive modular platform called MSB.
Bentley will also used the MSB, which means that not only we’ll get a hybrid powertrain in cars like the Porsche 911, but also on Bentleys. Since we’re talking about Posche, the hybrid powertrainwill also bring a boost in performance, so one shouldn’t be concerned about the green side affecting the go-fast one.