Originally introduced in 2019, the Porsche Taycan has proven to be a hit among consumers, with over 75,000 units sold to date. An upcoming update is set to further improve the cars.
The aforementioned update is what Porsche deems as its most comprehensive software update to all Taycan models since its launch, with all existing Taycan models, regardless of age, specification and market, being upgraded to the latest 2023 firmware, which will take place on a market specific basis. If you own a Taycan, you'll need to send your car off to an authorised dealer to perform the update.
The new software will equip the vehicle with the capability of performing future over-the-air updates. It also somes with a suite of added functionalities not available with prior versions of the vehicle's programs. This includes improvements to battery conditioning, powertrain efficiency, and to the Porsche Communication Management system. You can also expect to see a refreshed user interface too.
As part of drivetrain efficiency improvements, Porsche will now allow all-wheel drive equipped Taycans to electrically decouple its front axle. This makes for reduced energy consumption - expect an approximate increase of 50km in electric range. The electric decoupling of the front axle will only take place when the Taycan is cruising, ie travelling at expressway speeds.
Another new feature in the software update is improved thermal management of the battery, which will allow the Taycan to be charged at a more rapid pace with greater frequency and over a wider range of charge levels. Additionally, excess heat generated by the Taycan's electrical components will be better utilised to temper the battery, allowing for greater range and shorter charging times.The 2023 model year update will bring new functions and aesthetics to Porsche Communication Management and Porsche Connect, together with Spotify integration and wireless Android Auto, along with improved location filters for charging stations, which can be accessed through the Taycan's onboard navigation.
When asked about what future plans are there for the Taycan, Kevin Giek, Head of Model Line Taycan, Porsche, explained that current technological limits have been reached, and it is not possible to gain more efficiency or power from the Taycan's battery. He also added that although no hardware or battery updates have been confirmed, it could still be a possibility in the years to come.
Until then, Porsche is committed to supporting the Taycan, and will continue providing over-the-air updates into the foreseeable future.
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