Porsche Taycan, a recall arrives for software problems

Porsche Taycan, a recall arrives for software problems

Porsche Taycan

With the reduction of mechanical parts in electric cars, malfunctions and manufacturing defects will no longer be as common as many believed. Given the complexity of the technologies used, they are destined to transfer (using computer jargon) from hardware to software. The Porsche Taycan, the German manufacturer's flagship model in the EV world, is there to prove it.

Right now, the recall of over 40,000 units produced up to June was announced due to a technical problem related to the current inverter connected to electric motors. The latter could cause the car to suddenly shut down, an event that can become dangerous on a high-performance vehicle (especially on the motorway). In any case, according to the parent company, the probability of such an unexpected event is reduced to 0.3% of cases according to internal tests.

Statistics aside, Porsche does not want to face the bad publicity that could derive from any accidents. For this reason, it has launched a software update campaign for all Porsche Taycan owners who will be able to carry out the classic update (again, in computer style) at authorized dealers. Apparently, it was not possible to distribute an update of the over the air type due to limitations related to the current inverter itself.

In its announcements, the Stuttgart house specified that only 130 vehicles (among all those controlled ) have experienced this problem. Also, remember that turning off the electric motors does not affect or block the car in any way. Users can safely restart the car without any consequence or subsequent malfunction.

More than anything else, the update serves to eliminate the surprise effect of a sudden shutdown that could scare drivers into making dangerous maneuvers. Especially since after 90 seconds the steering and brakes are blocked, making the vehicle (still in motion) very dangerous.

Looking at the next models, Porsche has already specified that all the necessary checks have been carried out on the new ones. type EV specimens. That is to say that the electric Porsche Macan, like other electrified models currently in the works, will have no similar problems.

Porsche recalls 43,000 Taycan units over software malfunction

Porsche has announced that it will recall 43,000 of its electric Taycan model due to faulty software which is causing the battery-powered engine to shut down abruptly. Porsche said that this recall will affect all the Taycan models that were produced and delivered by June. It also added that the electric cars will receive software to update to fix this issue.

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Porsche's Klaus Rechberger said that this problem had been observed in around 130 cars although he added that no accidents were known to have taken place as a result of this. Porsche also said that the update won't be an over-the-air software update which means Taycan owners will have to take their electric vehicles to local repair centres.

The luxury automaker had also announced earlier that it has sold about 9,072 units of its all-electric car Porsche Taycan worldwide in the first three months of 2021. Taycan is the third most sold model in the brand's portfolio following the Macan and the 911. It was also reported last month that Porsche is also planning a smaller version of the Taycan EV.

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The electric car went global in 2019. Taycan's battery engine is capable to generate power up to 750 hp and 1,050 Nm of torque with an over-boost power in combination with launch control. It also has a range of 412 kilometres. The electric car can touch the speed of 100 kmph in 2.8 seconds. This all-wheel-drive model has a top speed of is 260 kmph. Porsche has also mentioned said that Taycan Turbo S and Taycan Turbo are among the most powerful production models that the sports car manufacturer currently has in its product range.

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