A few days ago, Porsche communicated about a problem with the power management software of its Taycan. Now the problem is fixed, but owners must go to a Porsche dealership to make sure this does not happen again.
This is an issue we were made aware of in May and we knew a fix was in development. Today, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a recall for the Porsche Taycan and Taycan Cross Turismo lineup. Around 43,000 copies from 2020 and 2021 are affected and owners need to take this seriously. The U.S. government security agency and Porsche were first notified in May of what turned out to be a software glitch that could lead to sudden loss of power. At least nine owners have complained of one of the famous “loss of power in motion at any speed without warning”.
Six of those owners said they were unable to restart their cars following the breakdown. Needless to say, this is extremely serious but luckily no accidents have been reported as a result of these incidents. NHTSA now says the issue has been blamed on the electric vehicle’s 12-volt battery, where a loss of charge could potentially shut down the entire electrical system. Regardless of which of the two battery packs is affected, the problem occurs on models equipped with the 71 or 83.7 kWh battery.
Porsche has just released a software update to modify the electric vehicle’s electronic power management system and engine control software to permanently resolve the issue. Dealers will need to update Taycan’s while newer Taycans on the assembly line have already received the software patch. Taycan owners will be contacted by the German automaker later this month, but will need to bring their vehicles to a dealership for repair. As always, this reminder is obviously free for Taycan users.
It’s not uncommon for new vehicles, especially ones that are technically as complex as the Taycan, to experience a few bugs. But Porsche recognized, investigated and fixed the problem in just a few weeks. This is rather reassuring.