Porsche to Offer Hybrid Option in Cayene SUV

Citing rising environmental concerns among car buyers, German luxury sports car-maker Porsche said Monday it's developing a hybrid drivetrain for its Cayenne SUV to drastically cut fuel consumption.

Published: 27-Jul-2007

In a statement issued at its headquarters in Stuttgart, Porsche said its aim was to achieve average fuel consumption of 8.9 liters (2.35 gallons) per 100 kilometers (62 miles).

Presently, the Cayenne, with its conventional six-cylinder engine, guzzles 12.9 liters on average. That makes the sports utility vehicle, which weighs more than two tons, one of the worst emitters of carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas that's considered a prime contributor to global warming.

Porsche said its decision to develop the hybrid motor -- which combines an electric motor and battery with a standard combustion engine in order to cut fuel consumption -- is a reaction to the raging debate on climate change in Europe and rising concerns among consumers about the environmental friendliness of their cars.


Mark Phelan tests three different fuel efficiency technologies and concludes that hybrids are the past. Pictured are first Chrysler 300s to come off of European assembly line. Diesel is offered as an option in Europe on this model, but not in North America.

The PML Mini QED supports an all-electric range of 200-250 miles and has a total range of about 932 miles (1,500 km).

C-Metisse concept coupe powered by diesel and electric wheel motors, resulting in combined fuel consumption of 6.5l/100km (36.1mpg).


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