It’s perfectly fine to save the polar bears. But hybrid cars have long since driven past the planet-saving image of the Prius.
For Porsche, a carmaker threading the needle between a legacy of performance and an electric future, the hybrid powertrain must do double duty: making vehicles a little greener while giving them a new kind of go-fast jolt. It’s a new way to think about making the performance cars of the 21st century.
Which bring us to the 2019 Cayenne E-Hybrid. Admittedly, touring the south of France in a powerhouse Porsche SUV is an over-the-top tableau of travel magazine refinement. But what lies beneath the sheet metal and lavish leather is what matters. This Cayenne is a technological balancing act, powered by a performance-boosting hybrid that can also allow for more efficient motoring and some zero-emissions driving.
With automakers around the world pledging to move entirely to hybrids and EVs within the next decade—and Porsche pledging to pump billions into electric cars over the next five years—this ride of the posh and rich offers a peek forward.
Go Green Or Go Fast
Porsche is a purist’s brand, inspiring some ironclad loyalists who would argue the company should make only gas-powered cars, and maybe only one car if they’re being honest: The iconic 911 and its familiar flat-six engine. But while the legend endures, Porsche has not stood still.
At the dawn of the 21st century, it bilked the believers by dipping its toe into the SUV market. Experiments in hybrid tech came, too. The Panamera sedan saw the emergence of E-hybrid, Porsche’s plug-in hybrid drivetrain. The brand’s ideas about using the hybrid powertrain as a performance boost first and a green tech second came to fruition with the ridiculous and insane 918 Spyder, the hypercar that, along with the McLaren P1 and Ferrari LaFerrari, showed what jolt of electric power could do to push the fastest cars even further.
Originally posted on Popular Mechanics USA