Porsche sales figures for the six months from January to June 2014 reveal some interesting data on demand for Porsche Panamera Hybrid. Year-on-year, Porsche has delivered eight percent more cars than at six months into 2013. Deliveries of new Panamera rose almost thirty percent, with ten percent of customers opting for the plug-in E-Hybrid model.
Porsche Panamera Hybrid Sales
Hybrid is an interesting car. The UK’s company car tax rules are set up to favour hybrid technology, but real world use is probably still not as effective as a decent diesel. Panamera Hybrid’s maximum 20-mile range on electric power mainly benefits urban users in big cities that offer concessions for low-carbon vehicles.
The What Car? Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid road test applauds the car (which costs almost £90,000 here in the UK) for a monthly liability of just £150 in company car tax for a 40% taxpayer. For those of you living outside the UK, car drivers who receive a car from their employer as part of their salary package pay Benefit-in-Kind tax on the perk, measured in how good the Treasury feels about the carbon emissions of said car. You don’t want to know the likely BIK tax on my Cayenne V8 (not run through a company, for obvious reasons).
Compare this to Texas, where a Panamera Hybrid with 1 mile on the clock will cost you $110,000, or £64,000. This is roughly the same as a Panamera Diesel here in Britain and, according to What Car’s top editor, the Panamera Diesel is the better real-world car. “It’s the best hybrid I’ve ever driven, but I’d rather have the diesel,” said Chas Hallett.
Porsche Panamera E-Hybrid Fuel Economy & Battery Range
Clarifying “best hybrid” as being the best in terms of how it managed the transition between power sources, Hallett noted an average of 32 mpg over 500 miles, while What Car’s testers got 30.7 miles in real world testing. That is per imperial gallon, not US gallon. What Car? data notes that Porsche claims 91 mpg: that gap is something else. What Car also managed just 11 miles on electric power.
Marked down to three out of five stars by What Car? for high running costs, lack of brake feel and overwhelming understeer unbecoming of a Porsche, this has not deterred the 1300 people who picked up plug-ins so far this year. Whether it was private buyers or dealers building up Hybrid stock, one in ten is a reasonable number. I remain a Hybrid fan – when the AC/DC Cayenne gets cheap, I’m there.