2015 Porsche Cayenne Goes Green, Stays Fast

Mike Schlee
by Mike Schlee

Forget Toyota and Tesla, Porsche is the world innovator when it comes to plug-In electric/hybrid technology.

OK maybe that’s a stretch, but with the 2015 Cayenne S E-Hybrid, Porsche will be the first company to have three different plug-in hybrid vehicles and the manufacturer claims that the world’s first hybrid vehicle ever was created by founder Ferdinand Porsche in 1899 with the Lohner-Porsche vehicle.

Redesigned for 2015, the new Cayenne is being headlined by the E-Hybrid model. Borrowing a lot of technology and parts from the Panamera S E-Hybrid the Cayenne features a 10.8 kWh battery that sends power to a 95 hp electric motor. Combined with a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine, the Cayenne S E-Hybrid produces a total of 416 hp and 435 lb.-ft. or torque. That’s good for a 0-60 MPH time of 5.4 seconds.

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With an all electric top speed of 78 MPH, Porsche is keeping electric range and fuel consumption numbers secret for now. Also unknown are charge times but the S E-Hybrid does include a 3.6 kW charger standard as well as an integrated 7.2 kW charger that can recharge the vehicle twice as fast with a suitable connection.

The refreshed 2015 Cayenne will arrive in the U.S. later this year with Diesel models being priced at $62,695 including destination charges. If you want a Cayenne S E-Hybrid, expect to pay $75,405 plus any additional options.

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Mike Schlee
Mike Schlee

A 20+ year industry veteran, Mike rejoins the AutoGuide team as the Managing Editor. He started his career at a young age working at dealerships, car rentals, and used car advertisers. He then found his true passion, automotive writing. After contributing to multiple websites for several years, he spent the next six years working at the head office of an automotive OEM, before returning back to the field he loves. He is a member of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC), and Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA). He's the recipient of a feature writing of the year award and multiple video of the year awards.

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