Porsche wants to give its electric runabout more range. However, the Stuttgart-based luxury car maker does not want to tinker with the engine of the Porsche Taycan. Instead, an appropriate software update is to be performed as part of a workshop visit.
The workshop visit is mandatory
More and more manufacturers now offer over-the-air updates for their vehicles. These enable a software update without having to drive to a workshop. In return, automotive companies like Tesla distribute the updates quite simply by radio. However, the upcoming update for the Porsche Taycan for more range and shorter charging times will be rolled out in the traditional way. Thus, the company asks drivers of the fast electric car to visit the workshop for the update. However, owners should definitely take the detour to the workshop. After all, the update is immensely worthwhile.
The most significant feature is undoubtedly the increased range. According to Porsche, 50 km more should be possible. But how does the manufacturer achieve this? For one, the Stuttgart-based company promises that they want to have reduced drag losses, which can sometimes scratch the range of an e-car. Porsche wants to have adjusted the driving modes of the powerful all-wheel drive models with two electric drives. For example, the front motor now only operates in Sport or Sport Plus mode. In the Range and Normal modes, on the other hand, the front drive disengages.
Porsche Taycan with revised recuperation
Just recently we reported that Porsche revealed exciting details about the recuperation of its Taycan. For example, the company is focusing on a slightly different way of recovering important kinetic energy. The importance of recuperation is also reflected in the current update. Porsche promises that settings for the important energy source will be maintained even when switching between driving modes. Of course, the battery also plays a major role in range. We know from our smartphones and notebooks that high and low temperatures are poison for the endurance of a battery.
This makes good temperature management all the more important. And Porsche has apparently taken that into account as well, which should obviously pay off, especially at low temperatures. Indeed, Porsche wants to make greater use of the waste heat from other parts of the vehicle to preheat the battery. This should ultimately be felt above all at the charging station. After all, a warmer battery promises a shorter charging time, especially at low temperatures.
New look for infotainment
The look of the infotainment display is also expected to change as part of the update. This applies to both the main display in the center and the head-up display, which is projected onto the windshield. Drivers of the Porsche Taycan will be pleased, for example, that the navigation system now offers extended filter options. This can improve the search for the right charging station. As we reported just recently, BMW is currently testing out different subscription models in South Korea for features like heated seats. Porsche also appears to be introducing “features on demand.” Here, you can unlock new features for a fee without further ado. One example would be opening doors without a key.
Update is too big for radio transmission
Since the Porsche Taycan has already been on sale since 2019, Porsche says it wants to bring the older models up to date.
With this action, our customers will benefit from the permanent further development of the Taycan. Since 2019, we have comprehensively optimized the model series in almost all areas. […] Anyone who drives a Taycan from the first hour will be pleasantly surprised after the update by what has been done on the vehicle side in the meantime.Head of the Taycan range, Kevin Giek
To accomplish this, of course, requires a huge amount of data. This is apparently also the reason why Porsche cannot offer an over-the-air update.
The exact scope of the update and the duration of the workshop visit depend on the specific software status of the respective Taycan. The older the vehicle, the more improvements and innovations will be appliedHead of the Taycan range, Kevin Giek