Porsches Pushing for Green Go-Power


Porsche’s concept car from the Geneva Motor Show is going to production with 78 miles per gallon.  The 918 Spyder hybrid supercar can drive up to 16 miles on pure electric.  Other specs include 500 horsepower, 0 to 62 miles per hour in 3.2 seconds, and a top speed of 198 miles per hour.  Though those 16 miles won’t be at 198 miles per hour, they should be able to get someone in and out of the zero-emission zones some European cities may soon be implementing.  Outside of these, drivers will be able to use the full capability of the 9,200-rpm V-8 all-wheel-drive sports car.

Now that there are at least 1,000 buyers interested in the 918 Spyder, it presents a “sound business case,” according to Porsche's head of development Wolfgang Duerheimer.   It may still take about two years to get from the concept to the production model.  However, there will soon also be the 2011 Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid sport-utility vehicle and the 2012 Porsche Panamera S Hybrid sedan coming out for the rest of us.

Another Porsche uses a completely new technology to conserve energy.  Rather than the high-voltage battery pack present in most hybrids, the 911 GT3 R Hybrid test car has a flywheel that stores energy reclaimed from braking.  This is an adaptation of the Kinetic Energy Recovery System that was first used in Formula 1 race cars.  However, the flywheel in this car takes the place of the passenger seat, so you’ll have to drive it solo.




Porsche and European automakers are really striving a head to be a leaders in the next generation of hybrid vehicles. I actually just saw my first Porsche Panamera S sedan on the road, what a sweet car, it's only going to be better with the hybrid version. I actually just wrote a blog on hybrid used cars, i think you'll like. I'll be sure to book mark this blog.

If Porsche is now turning to Green why is it that other big brands out there cant do it? Green cars and Hybrid cars are definitely the way forward.. It is also interesting to see companies like BMSi proposing BMS solutions to buildings, hence making them more intelligent and greener buildings. Overall, i think there is a big move towards green energy and energy savings in the world. And this is excellent...

Isn't it cool when even a top-notch sports car company like Porsche is starting to product hybrids! I think the reason that other car manufacturers haven't built a hybrid is that the demand just isn't there - remember, it took the Prius almost 10 years to become the smashing success that it is now.

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I think this is a good thing that Porsche is doing. A high end car manufacturer is finally going along with the whole "Green" trend. Green is the big thing now a days. Its the future. People are starting to care more and more about the earth but don't want to leave a certain lifestyle. This appeals to those people. Now, we just have to wait for the other companies to get on the bandwagon.

Steve D. Antonio

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