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Think Porsche and your mind will instantly conjure up images of slick sports cars like the world famous Porsche 911. However, in recent years even the ultimate performance car maker has tipped its hat towards the environment as pressures mount to meet tough new emission regulations.
This month we take a look at the surprisingly extensive efforts that Porsche has made to embrace the green car era – including its first tentative steps towards electrification.

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The first breakthroughs for Porsche in the green car sector began in 2007 when it originally announced plans to introduce the Porsche Cayenne as a hybrid car (see article). Its aim was to reduce the vehicle’s fuel consumption by 25 per cent meaning it would boost its miles per gallon above the 30mpg threshold. The vehicle was later introduced in 2010 at the Geneva Motor Show (see article) and indeed the Porsche Cayenne Hybrid today currently achieves 34.4mpg with CO2 emissions at just 193g/km. This model has been topped in terms of environmental performance however, by the Porsche Cayenne Diesel – which achieves 39.2mpg with CO2 emissions at 189g/km.

In 2008, Porsche made another announcement about the introduction of a hybrid car – this time in the form of the Porsche Panamera Hybrid (see article). The model boasts the company’s best fuel economy at 41.5mpg, as well as its lowest emissions at just 159g/km.

It was at the Geneva Motor Show in 2010 however, where Porsche really made its mark on the green car sector. In addition to introducing the Porsche Cayenne Hybrid at the event, it also unveiled the Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid (see article), remodelling its most iconic vehicle with a flywheel energy recovery system that had been created by Williams Hybrid Power for Formula 1 racing.

At the same event it unveiled its most eye-catching green car to-date – in the form of the Porsche 918 Spyder Concept Car (see article). This plug-in hybrid car is a two-seat model with a high speed V8 engine capable of developing 500bhp at 9,200rpm – it can accelerate from 0-62mph in just 3.2seconds and has a top speed of 198mph. Despite these staggering performance credentials however, the vehicle also boasts impressive fuel economy – at 78.4mpg – with CO2 emissions kept to a strikingly low 70g/km. Later that year, Porsche confirmed that the model would go into production (see article). The vehicle was made open to orders in 2011 (see article).
Meanwhile, Porsche has gradually been improving the fuel economy and emissions performance of its existing line-up – including the official release of the Panamera S Hybrid (see article) and Cayenne Diesel models (see article) and the introduction of a seven-speed transmission and start-stop technology in the Porsche 911 (see article).

Greenest models on sale:

The following are the greenest models of all new Porsche cars available now in the UK:

Porsche Boxster Greenest Model: Porsche Boxster PDK with combined fuel consumption of 36.7mpg and CO2 emissions of 180g/km.
Porsche Cayman Greenest Model: Porsche Cayman PDK with combined fuel consumption of 31.0mpg and CO2 emissions of 214g/km.
Porsche 911 Greenest Model: Porsche 911 Carrera PDK with combined fuel consumption of 34.4mpg and CO2 emissions of 194g/km.
Porsche Panamera Greenest Model: Porsche Panamera S Hybrid with combined fuel consumption of 41.5mpg and CO2 emissions of 159g/km.
Porsche Cayenne Greenest Model: Porsche Cayenne Diesel with combined fuel consumption of 39.2mpg and CO2 emissions of 189g/km.

Porsche tomorrow:

Porsche has set its sights on further green car breakthroughs going forward including:

- Porsche Boxster Electric: Porsche has taken its first steps into producing a full battery powered car by trialling an electric version of the Porsche Boxster (see article). Though there is no confirmation that the Boxster Electric will go into production, Michael Macht, the president and CEO of Porsche AG, has confirmed that the company will “definitely” offer an electric sports car in the future.

Manufacturer Spotlight: Porsche | TheGreenCarWebsite.co.uk
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