2014 Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid Caught Testing In CA ('Spy Shot')

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Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid test car, Redwood City, CA, July 2013 [photo courtesy of Darrell Joe]

Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid test car, Redwood City, CA, July 2013 [photo courtesy of Darrell Joe]

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The 2014 Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid will be the first-ever plug-in electric car sold by the German brand.

And the company's engineers are still testing the car in driving tests through the heart of Silicon Valley, where the luxury four-door plug-in hybrid sedan will compete with the Tesla Model S (at least for some buyers).

The photo above of a plug-in hybrid Panamera test car was taken yesterday by reader Darrell Joe, in a downtown public parking garage in Redwood City, California.

He personally drives either a Porsche "996" (1998-2005 Porsche 911) or a 2012 Chevrolet Volt.

As a conscientious plug-in driver, he had stepped over to warn the Panamera occupants that they could be ticketed or towed for parking in an electric-car charging space. (Well done, sir!)

Instead, they pointed out that in fact their Panamera was actually plugged in and recharging its 9.4-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack.

Our reader Joe said there were five Porsche engineers altogether, and they told him the electric range would be about 20 miles--and that it could out-accelerate his 996.

They also noted that production examples will start to arrive at dealers this November.

2014 Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid

2014 Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid

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(We'd add that first cars are likely to be offered in California, and not every Porsche dealer will have the model initially.)

Silicon Valley being what it is, one of the many near-ubiquitous Tesla Model Ses was also recharging, right next to the plug-in Porsche.

Late last month, we were able to drive the 2014 Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid--and what Porsche told us then squares with what its engineers told Joe.

Porsche's test drivers were sufficiently proud of their car that they even took a picture of Darrell Joe in front of it. Which may not make this a spy shot, exactly.

But as you can see, Joe seems to like the idea of a plug-in Porsche.


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Comments (9)
  1. I would still take the Tesla S.

  2. 100% agree with you.

  3. Geez, that wasn't hard. In fact, I think over 90% of the buyers would have done the same thing. Especially considering the plugin German will cost more than the Superior American Model S.

  4. It looks to me like the day of the high-end plug-in has ended before it began. You are either enticed by electric drive or you are not, so where's the market for "sort of" among high-end vehicles?

  5. Clarification - By high-end plug-in, I meant plug-in hybrids.

  6. Only 20 electric miles? Will it have full performance in EV mode, or will it have limits where ICE kicks in to supplement things.

  7. What a compliment... Everyone seems to be chasing the Tesla S.

    You Go Elon...

  8. Porche, do it 100% electric if you can. This is a good step towards a solution but you stil have to grow. I prefere Tesla.

  9. It seems that all of the conventional automakers are stubbornly clinging to a gas electric hybrid model. Only Nissan and a few other compliance sales initially to greater sales just recently to states outside of California are willing to make a full electric but they are all are strangely range limited to a seemingly agreed upon 85 miles or less range. I am anxiously waiting for Tesla to show us what they have in mind for the Gen III $35,000 sedan with 200 miles of range. If Tesla can design a stylish and practical car with decent 7 second or less 0-60mph performance it should corner the market on BEV and Nissan and others will have to add more driving range to their existing offerings or they will be crushed by Tesla.

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