Dale Graham is learning all about Porsche’s new hybrid technology, thanks to a sales traineeship facilitated by Greenskills.
As part of his traineeship, Dale has a wide variety of responsibilities, including maintaining the Porsche Demonstrator Fleet, updating the Porsche Centre’s online sales presence, and attending to the logistical requirements of the sales team for both delivery and service scenarios. Above all else, Dale absorbs as much as possible, particularly all the sales processes and procedures demonstrated by his senior colleagues. Dale has also had to learn all the technical specifications of Porsche’s new hybrid.
Porsche’s Panamera S E-Hybrid is a parallel plug-in hybrid. As such, it can be powered by a combustion engine, electric machine, or by both units working together. Its high-voltage battery takes only 3.8 hours to recharge when it is directly connected to an electricity socket. Thanks to innovative lithium-ion technology, its capacity of 9.4 kWh means that it can also store energy.
The 3.0 litre supercharged V6 engine generates 245 kW (or 333 horse power), the electric motor 70 kW (95 horse power). Combined, they deliver 306 kW (416 horse power) to the road at 5,500 rpm. With both drives working together, the Panamera S E-Hybrid accelerates from 0 to 100 km per hour in just 5.5 seconds. Fuel consumption is remarkably low, at an average of 3.1 litres per 100 km, as are the CO2 emissions, at just 71 grams per km.
The operating range of the hybrid drive begins with emission-free, quiet driving up to a maximum speed of around 135 km per hour and a range of approximately 36 km. The combustion engine is fired automatically when necessary or when activated by the driver.
This traineeship is the opportunity of a lifetime for Dale, “I would never have imagined being given an opportunity to work for a Marque so highly respected, one that is so deeply steeped in history and tradition. To find a traineeship that incorporates and values sustainability and environmental considerations makes it evermore important. I’m very fortunate for having come across Greenskills.”
Greenskills, Australia’s first youth employment program dedicated to developing skills with a sustainability focus, secured Dale his sales traineeship at Porsche. With a range of traineeships and apprenticeships across a broad range of industries, Greenskills is bound to be able to kick-start your sustainability-focused career.