Porsche is implementing an integrated and universal solution that is unique worldwide in conjunction with the Panamera S E-Hybrid – the first plug-in hybrid in its class – which celebrated its world premiere at the 2013 Shanghai Motor Show.
This solution covers all aspects of electric driving – from charging accessories to installation of infrastructure and operation by smartphone, according to Porsche Cars North America, Inc.
Seamless and comprehensive e-mobility strategy for Panamera S E-Hybrid customers — Certain system parameters vary by country and region, such as the plug and electrical output types and grid voltages and frequencies.
Porsche has now developed an integrated and comprehensive solution that covers all markets for the Panamera S E-Hybrid – a world car that will be driven on all continents.
The mobile Porsche Universal Charger (AC) includes charging cable, control unit and vehicle cable. The customer can choose from more than 20 different charging cable versions which cover nearly all of the world’s standardized plug connection types. Standard charging cables include one cable for the desired type of household electrical outlet and one for a selected industrial-type outlet. All other versions are available as options.
For example, a mode 3 charging cable can be supplied for charging at public charging stations. The charging cable and vehicle cable are interconnected by a plug connector with the control unit, and the driver can interchange these cables easily, quickly and safely. For example, the driver might take an optional cable along on regular trips to another country. Porsche also offers the option of a free-standing charging pedestal assembly that could serve as an electric charging station for carports or a company’s parking spaces.
Porsche Car Connect: Convenient app controls auxiliary climate control — In the new plug-in hybrid, Porsche is also offering the convenience of remote control of vehicle functions via a smartphone app under the name Porsche Car Connect. The associated e-mobility services are provided for five years free-of-charge. The driver can use the smartphone app to access key vehicle information and to control vehicle functions.
Along with the battery charging status and remaining charging time, the current driving range is shown for both all-electric and combustion engine driving modes. The electric driving range is intuitively visualized on a navigation map here. The charging timer function lets users input up to three different departure times. The system controls the charging process based on these timer inputs, so that the battery is charged as protectively and cost-optimally as possible.
Electrification of the climate control system enables another very convenient option in the plug-in hybrid: auxiliary climate control. The climate control system can be activated via the charging timer, so that the interior reaches the prescribed temperature by a specified departure time. The vehicle interior is heated or cooled accordingly. In the winter, a high-voltage auxiliary heater is also used to generate heating power electrically. Auxiliary climate control is possible when the charging cable is connected or when the vehicle is just powered by the battery.