Porsche Unveils Charging Options and Smartphone App for Plug-In Hybrids

By Jeremy Del Nero on 2 May 2013
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Porsche Museum, Zuffenhausen, Germany

Porsche Museum, Zuffenhausen, Germany

Porsche announced new technology to complement its plug-in hybrid drive models.  Because Porsche intends to sell these vehicles worldwide, the Zuffenhausen-based automaker sought to design a universal charging solution that would be applicable in all markets where the new hybrids will be available.

The Porsche Universal Charger (AC) will be included with every plug-in hybrid.  It will provide a mobile charging solution as well as an option for faster charging at home and will be compatible with standard 120 Volt outlets as well as special 240 Volt outlets which drivers can opt to install in their garages.

Porsche has more than 20 different charging cable options for drivers to choose from, covering nearly all of the world’s standardized plugs and electrical currencies.

As part of the e-mobility package, compatible vehicles (such as the Panamera S E-Hybrid) will be remote-accessible via the Porsche Car Connect smartphone app.  Users of the app can access key vehicle information such as charge status or control car functions although Porsche has not yet announced what these are.

Porsche’s first plug-in hybrid, the 2014 Panamera S E-Hybrid, was unveiled at the 2013 Shanghai Auto Show. The vehicle can be driven – for an albeit small range of 12 to 22 miles – on 100% electric power from its battery.  It is slated to arrive in the U.S. late in 2013.

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