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  • 2015 Tesla Model S 70D in new Ocean Blue color

    Two years ago, the launch of the Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid produced the first ostensible large luxury plug-in sedan competitor to the Tesla Model S electric car. The Porsche is a plug-in hybrid, with an electric range of 15 or 16 miles; the Tesla is all-electric, with ranges of 208 to 275 miles. DON'T MISS: 2014 Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid: Gas Mileage Review Of Plug-In Hybrid At the time, many commentators suggested the Porsche would eat into Tesla's sales, giving a new option to luxury buyers who wanted a large plug-in sedan from a prestige brand. Porsche sells about 100 plug-in Panameras...

  • 2014 Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid, Catskill Mountains, NY, Apr 2015
    2014 Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid: Gas Mileage Review Of Plug-In Hybrid

    The 2014 Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid is a comfortable, relatively fast, and fairly fuel-efficient luxury sport sedan. It's rated at 16 miles of electric range, but we didn't achieve that in cold and snowy upstate New York "springtime" weather. We strongly suspect that very few people who've driven...

  • 2014 Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid
    New, Smaller Porsche Four-Door Sedan To Be Electric Only: Rumor

    It's pretty clear by now that the German luxury automakers, at first startled and shocked by the all-electric Tesla Model S, plan to fight back. But the latest report out of Germany--and it's still nothing more than a rumor--is the most indicative of how seriously one of them takes the competition...

  • 2014 BMW i3 and 2014 Tesla Model S   [photo: Tom Moloughney]
    Audi, BMW, Mercedes, Porsche Electric Cars To Target Tesla Model S (Plug-In Hybrids Too)

    This was the year when it became obvious that upstart electric-car maker Tesla Motors has startled and worried all of the German luxury-car companies. And now that they're taking the Tesla Model S electric luxury sedan seriously--as well as the expected arrival next year of the much-delayed Model X...

  • 2014 Porsche Panamera Turbo S
    Self-Driving Porsche Not Only More Fuel-Efficient, But Faster Than Humans Too

    Porsche is testing a semi-autonomous system designed to maximize both efficiency and performance.

  • 2014 BMW i3 4-door HB Grille
    How Audi, BMW & Mercedes Plan To Compete With Tesla--And Why

    We already know that in the next few years, we'll see a slew of mid-size SUVs offered with plug-in hybrid powertrains--most from luxury brands like Audi, BMW, Mercedes, Porsche, and Range Rover. But the German luxury marques are making plans to compete more directly with Tesla Motors and its Model...

  • 2015 Porsche Cayenne S E Hybrid

    Over the past few years, it's become clear that the German prestige makers are determined to offer plug-in electric vehicles across their various ranges. Some makers are more aggressive (BMW), some less so (Mercedes-Benz)--but by the end of next year, there will be a dozen or more vehicles with plugs from the combined forces of Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, and Volkswagen. The latest to be officially announced is the 2015 Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid, which adds a plug-in hybrid powertrain to the sports car maker's large, fast, and very profitable sport-utility vehicle. DON'T MISS: 2014...

  • Porsche charging connector patent drawings
    Plug-In Porsche 911 Proven By Patent Drawings? Not Quite

    Hardcore Porsche enthusiasts are a picky bunch. The 1970s 914 sports car is not a real Porsche, according to them. Nor was the 924. Nor the Boxster, which saved the company in the 1990s. Or the Cayenne, and--God forbid--its diesel and hybrid variants, which have propped up Porsche's balance sheets...

  • 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder
    2015 Porsche 918 Spyder Plug-In Hybrid Supercar Driven

    Hybrid technology is no longer the preserve of fuel-sipping family cars. In recent years, we've seen it used on SUVs and large luxury sedans too. And more recently still, the latest breed of supercars has driven down the hybrid route. One such supercar is Porsche's 918 Spyder, driven by Motor...

  • 1898 'P1' electric car designed by Ferdinand Porsche
    First-Ever Porsche Turns Out To Be An Electric Car

    "Egger-Lohner electric vehicle, C.2 Phaeton model," or P1, was the first car designed by Ferdinand Porsche.

  • 2014 Volkswagen Passat TDI
    Volkswagen, Audi & Porsche Grow Diesel Sales Beyond 100,000 In 2013

    For drivers whose travel include long stretches of high-speed highways, diesel cars offer a fuel-efficient alternative to gasoline vehicles. For many years, the biggest seller of diesel vehicles in the U.S. has been Volkswagen--more recently joined by its corporate siblings Audi and Porsche. MORE...

  • 2014 Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid
    2014 Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid: Plug-In To Replace Hybrid

    Contrary to published reports, no plug-in Porsches were sold in the U.S. last month. Whether the first one is handed over late this month or early next month--we'll know by Friday, January 3--the company is taking an unusual step with its 2014 Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid. The German prestige maker...

  • Porsche 918 Spyder online configurator

    Build your own version of Porsche's plug-in hybrid hypercar online.

  • Porsche 918 Spyder, 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show
    Porsche 918 Spyder Live Photo Gallery: 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show

    The long-awaited Porsche 918 Spyder plug-in hybrid supercar debuted in production form at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show.

  • Production-spec 2014 Porsche 918 Spyder
    Porsche 918 Spyder: Plug-In Hybrid Sports Car Photo Gallery

    What do the Porsche 918 Spyder, Ferrari LaFerrari, McLaren P1 and Toyota Prius all have in common? Apart from four wheels and an engine, not a lot, you might be thinking. But there's something else that connects the four--they're all hybrids. Specifically, the Porsche and its supercar cousins are...

  • 2014 Porsche Panamera first drive
    2014 Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid: First Drive

    Porsche isn't the first name in hybrids, or even in green cars. But the company is leveraging its depth of engineering knowledge to move forward in the field rather quicker than a small company should. Examples of this include the 918 Spyder supercar and the new 2014 Panamera S E-Hybrid. The 918's...

  • 2014 Porsche 918 Spyder testing in Leipzig
    Porsche 918 Spyder Plug-In Hybrid: Even Faster (And Video Too)

    Hybrids are hot property right now, but none more so than at the very top end of the market. Ferrari's unimaginatively-named LaFerrari, the McLaren P1 and the Porsche 918 will all utilize hybrid drivetrains, but it's the Porsche set to hit the market first. So imminent is the German firm's offering...

  • 2014 Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid
    2014 Porsche Panamera Plug-In Hybrid To Join Renewed Lineup

    You couldn't accuse Porsche of being predictable. After years of making endless rear-engined sports cars, the last decade or so has seen SUVs, diesels and hybrids all join the Porsche lineup. With the 918 Spyder supercar, plug-in hybrid will also appear. But plug-in technology will reach further...

  • 2013 Porsche Cayenne Diesel

    If you're in the market for a luxury or sports car, regular diesels and hybrids like the Volkswagen Jetta or Toyota Prius are unlikely to be on your list. Porsches might, however--and those still wanting to save a few dimes on gas or pump out just a little less emissions into the atmosphere may be interested in the Cayenne Diesel and Hybrid SUVs, or the Panamera Hybrid luxury sedan. 2013 pricing has been announced for each model, and it's the 2013 Porsche Cayenne Diesel that'll get you better gas mileage for the least money. Starting at $55,750 plus $950 destination charge, the Cayenne...

  • Porsche Boxster E electric car prototype
    Can't Wait For That Electric Porsche Boxster? Convert One Yourself

    Remember the Porsche Boxster E? The German sports car maker previewed the electric concept back in 2011, giving car enthusiasts a glimpse into what an official Stuttgart electric vehicle might be like. The Boxster E has since faded from memory, though Porsche's 918 Spyder supercar will use plug-in...

  • Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo concept
    VW: Plug-In Hybrids 'A Long-Term Trend', Steps Up For 2013

    If 2012 was the year that several companies realised the importance of hybrid and electric vehicles, 2013 will be the year that we see the fruits of their labor. Volkswagen, initially reluctant to dabble in the plug-in market, is set to launch at least two new high-volume plug-in hybrids over the...

  • Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo Concept live photos, 2012 Paris Auto Show
    VW, Audi, Porsche Lay Out Plug-In Hybrid Plans: Paris Auto Show

    After a brisk run-through of new models from all of its many brands, Volkswagen Group closed last night's preview event before the Paris Auto Show with a few words on its plans for plug-in hybrids. "Many companies are reducing their plans for electric vehicles," said VW Group chief Martin...

  • Porsche Panamera Diesel
    Porsche Panamera Diesel Sports Sedan: Is It Fast Enough? (Video)

    You could argue that there are two types of buyers looking for fuel efficiency. The first are those who want absolutely the most gas-sipping car they can get their hands on--the Prius, the Volts and the VW TDIs of this world. The second want cars like the Porsche Panamera Diesel luxury sport...

  • Porsche 918 Spyder concept
    Production Porsche 918 Spyder Plug-In Hybrid Supercar: Naked At Last (Video)

    One of the most exciting hybrid vehicles appearing in the future is coming from quite an unusual source. A decade ago, it would have been unthinkable for Stuttgart sports car maker Porsche to release a hybrid, but the 918 Spyder plug-in hybrid supercar is joining a much-changed range, full of SUVs...

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