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918 Spyder is Porsche’s First Ever Plug In Hybrid Electric Car

Posted By Yuka Yoneda On March 2, 2010 @ 9:50 am In Green Transportation,TransportationTuesday | 3 Comments

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Photos via Autoblog [1]

Porsche [2] recently blew everyone at the Geneva Auto Show [3] out of the water with their freshly unveiled electric concept car [4] – their first plug-in hybrid ever. Dubbed the 918 Spyder, this stealthy-looking ride is a parallel hybrid just like the Prius – well, except much, much sexier. It also supposedly gets 78 miles per gallon, has emissions of 70g CO2/km, can go 16 miles on electric charge alone, and does 0-60 in just 3.2 seconds. Oh and did we mention that it’s drop-dead gorgeous too?


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The mid-engined two seater is powered by both a 500-horsepower V8 and two electric motors [5] that produce an additional 218 horsepower. According to Porsche, the 918 Spyder also has four different modes of power delivery [6]:

“A button on the steering wheel allows the driver to choose among four different running modes: The E-Drive mode is for running the car under electric power [5] alone, with a range of up to 25 km or 16 miles. In the Hybrid mode, the 918 Spyder uses both the electric motors and the combustion engine as a function of driving conditions and requirements, offering a range from particularly fuel-efficient all the way to extra-powerful.”

While the 918 Spyder is still a concept, the fact that Porsche [2] is considering releasing a plug-in hybrid is a pretty big deal. Plus, as Brian Merchant of Treehugger points out [7], the car company has never made a concept car that it didn’t later bring into production. We definitely think Porsche is bringing the sexy back into green [8] with the 918 and hope to see it in the showrooms soon.

+ Porsche [2]

Via Carscoop [4]


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URLs in this post:

[1] Autoblog: http://www.autoblog.com/gallery/porsche-918-spyder-concept/#2

[2] Porsche: http://www.porsche.com/

[3] Geneva Auto Show: http://www.autoblog.com/category/geneva-motor-show/

[4] freshly unveiled electric concept car: http://carscoop.blogspot.com/2010/03/porsche-drops-some-e-in-geneva-918.html

[5] electric motors: http://www.inhabitat.com/index.php?s=electric+vehicle

[6] has four different modes of power delivery: http://carscoop.blogspot.com/2010/03/porsche-drops-some-e-in-geneva-918.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+Carscoop+(CARSCOOP)&utm_content=Google+Reader

[7] Brian Merchant of Treehugger points out: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2010/03/-first-plug-electric-hybrid-porsche-spyder-918.php

[8] sexy back into green: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/02/25/yves-behar-kicks-off-the-greener-gadgets-conference/

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