Porsche LMP1 Driver - Brendon Hartley Delivers First Plug-In Electric Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid
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New Zealand. The delivery of the first plug-in electric Porsche to a customer has brought together two New Zealanders that share a passion for high performance sustainability.
The hand-over of Michael Mayell’s Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid in Christchurch this week was an opportunity for the founder of the famous Cookie Time enterprise to meet and chat with Porsche factory driver Brendon Hartley.
Michael’s Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid is the first plug in electric vehicle to be sold in the premium SUV segment. Thanks to plug-in hybrid technology the Cayenne S E-Hybrid has a fuel economy of only 3.4 litres per 100 kilometers and CO2 emissions of just 79 grams per kilometer.
The new model has a lithium-ion battery, which enables an all-electric driving range of up to 36 km and up to 125 km/h. The three litre V6 supercharged engine (333 hp / 245 kW) and the electric motor (95 hp / 70 kW) produce a combined system power of 416 hp (306 kW) at 5,500 rpm and a total system torque of 590 Newton metres from 1,250 to 4,000 rpm.
This enables driving performance on the level of a sports car: zero to 100 km/h in 5.9 seconds and a top speed of 243 km/h.
Brendon races the factory-developed Porsche 919 Hybrid in the World Endurance Championship, promoting sustainability in a prototype sports car. The Porsche 919 also features a lithium-ion battery in conjunction with a combustion engine to in-crease performance and reduce fuel consumption.
“Le Mans Prototype teams are not only racing on the track but also in developing technology. Teams are limited by how much energy they are allowed to expend per lap. The team that can store and use energy the most efficiently will have more performance.
It was really cool to meet Michael and experience the excitement of his first drive in his new Cayenne under electric power.”
While UK-based Brendon competes in endurance races worldwide, Michael has championed the cause of better performance and sustainability in food supply with his iconic Kiwi products (Cookie Time, One Square Meal, Bumper Bars) and Franchised Distribution.
He is currently co-creating a new global social enterprise and food product that he believes can help bring the world’s food supply problems back into balance. It will be launched in 2016 under the name EVERYTHiNG.ORG.
“I believe the global focus on sustainability is a powerful example of how we are finding our balance.” says Michael. “This hybrid Porsche, with its game-changing design and engineering, is a symbol and celebration of sustainability and the continuous re-turn to balance.”
He says his new Hybrid Porsche is a symbol of his own values and beliefs.
The vehicle was delivered from Archibalds Porsche in Christchurch by Sales Manager Jarrod Clarke. To marque the occasion a similar Cayenne S E-Hybrid has been decaled in the livery of Brendon’s racecar. This vehicle will tour Official Porsche Centers throughout January and February showcasing the plug-in hybrid technology.