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Volkswagen: Plug-in technology commitment

Plug-in technology

The Volkswagen Group has committed to plug-in technology.

The plan is to introduce the technology, branded ‘e-hybrid’ on the facelifted Porsche Panamera – due in early 2013 – first, hence the decision to fit a plug-in powertrain to the Panamera Sport Turismo concept, also revealed today.

The Porsche technology combines a 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine with a powerful electric motor to produce a total of 416bhp – enough to catapult the Panamera from 0-62mph in under six seconds.

With a fully-charged battery an electric-only range of 20-miles, up to speeds of 80mph is possible (before the petrol engine kicks in to work in tandem with the motor), with fuel economy and CO2 emission of 80.7mpg and 82g/km respectively.