Improved efficiency and technology in software update for Porsche Taycan

Owners of any Porsche Taycan produced since the launch of the EV in 2020 can now have it upgraded to include the latest technology and features.

This means that effectively, no matter how old a given car is, it will offer the same efficiency, connectivity and driver assistance features as a new roll off the Zuffenhausen production line today. today.

Porsche has yet to confirm exactly when the free software update will be available in the UK, but said it will require the car to visit a workshop – the length of the upgrade depending on the age of the car. car.

Following the update, Taycan owners will also be able to activate keyless entry as a “feature on demand” when needed, although Porsche has yet to give a price.

Major software upgrades are aimed at improving the Taycan’s efficiency and reducing charging times. After the upgrade, Normal and Range drive modes in four-wheel-drive versions will “almost completely” disconnect the front motor under partial load, reducing the load on the battery.

In addition, the selected level of regenerative braking will be retained even when changing driving modes, and improved thermal management of the battery – “particularly at low outside temperatures” – allows the Taycan to be quickly charged more often.

In addition to these software upgrades, Porsche is now offering to retrofit customer cars with an improved 22kW on-board charging device for faster charging times. For European and US customers, this comes with a new ‘Plug & Charge’ feature – which essentially eliminates the need for a payment card or app when charging on compatible devices, allowing the car to communicate via the cable with the charging provider.

The infotainment system has also been slightly updated, with a new start interface and “greater ease of use”, while getting wireless Android Auto, Spotify and a voice control system improved. Beyond that, the parking sensors have been improved and the parking space finder will now identify a greater number of available spaces.

Keven Giek, Vice President of Taycan Model Line, said: “As a result of this update, anyone who drives a Taycan from the start of the car’s production will be pleasantly surprised by everything that has developed on the side. of the vehicle since then. Internally, Porsche calls this the “update”, because the 2023 model year, which started in July 2022, has the letter “P”.