Porsche sales boss Bernhard Maier commutes daily to company headquarters near Stuttgart using either a Porsche Cayenne plug-in hybrid or a Panamera with the low-CO2 powertrain. Regardless of the vehicle he uses, his goal is the same, to travel the 45km to work and the 45km home emissions free. That’s a big mindset shift for the sports car maker. Maier shared his views on the future of plug-ins at Porsche with Automotive News Europe Editor Luca Ciferri.
You use a Porsche plug-in hybrid for your daily commute. How do you get additional full-electric kilometers out of the battery?
The Panamera and Cayenne are homologated in the European NEDC cycle for 35km in pure battery mode, but by coasting into the traffic and recuperating energy during braking you can drive emissions free a bit further. Depending on the traffic and the route I take, I drive 40km to 45km per trip. Most of the time I manage to use only electric power.
Are you a true believer of plug-ins?
Absolutely. People are beginning to understand that with a plug-in hybrid they have the ability to be totally flexible [in terms of range and performance] while having their own filling station for electricity at home or at the office, which is really convenient. You do not need to drive anywhere to get your battery filled. It happens at home, while you are sleeping.