Porsche has tweaked its parallel hybrid drivetrain for this second-generation Panamera E-Hybrid, adding plug-in battery recharging that enables much more credible distances to be covered on electric-only propulsion while maintaining impressive performance.
The Panamera S E-Hybrid is at its most effective when left to its own devices in Hybrid mode to optimise its power sources as required.
However, it is possible to choose electric-only mode by pressing the E-Power button on the vast centre console.
This is also the default start-up mode and, with a full battery, electric power can transport you up to 22 miles.
The EV range varies depending on driving conditions, how many auxiliary systems you’re using and how enthusiastically you’re unleashing the motor’s 95bhp.
In full-electric mode, the Panamera E-Hybrid can accelerate to 31mph in 6.1sec and reach a top speed of 84mph, making it amply flexible for the kind of stop-start traffic that’s typical in city centres.
Read more: Autocar