Updated Porsche Taycans charge faster and go farther

Earlier this month, Porsche announced the availability of a comprehensive dealer-installed update that will improve the range, faster charging time, level of infotainment, and more for its stylish Taycan EV, according to The Drive. 

The changes are free of charge for all Taycans ever manufactured (2020-2022 models), as Porsche once again proves the benefits of the software upgrade path paved by Tesla to its customers. 

The biggest change is the improvement in efficiency that gives the Taycan up to 31 miles of range (50 km) when run on the WLTP cycle (but a few miles less in EPA rating terms). This gives a considerable boost to the Taycan's 200-mile EPA rating (on the base 71.0kWh model). 

It was achieved by de-energizing the front engine while in Normal and Eco modes of operation, and retaining the driver's regenerative braking settings at the same time when switching between drive modes. The update will improve the efficiency of the 2020 models so that they will be as efficient as those that were released in 2022.

Further optimization of Porsche's thermal management has also enabled the battery to be charged at a maximum power rate of 270 kilowatts for a longer period. 

I particularly think this will be helpful if you are coming in with a high charge level since the system used to throttle down the speeds if you came in with a higher charge level. 

Also, a key change that is likely to be noticeable in the Taycan is the display-laden infotainment system. Our road test of it was fun and easy to use, but others have noticed that there is a high level of latency in some operations.

It has now been updated to improve startup and response times, while also beefing up all of the functionality. Additionally, it has revised the heads-up display and has added new integrations for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay to allow the use of both services wirelessly.

It is also possible to search for points of interest online through the navigation system and exclude stations lacking fast chargers from the list of stations. 

In addition to the panoramic roof, Porsche announced hard-wiring for its optional Dashcam system for 2023 Taycans. One disadvantage of the update is that it will typically take a day to complete and that the EV needs to be taken to a dealer. The update, however, Porsche said, optimizes Taycan's control units, allowing future over-the-air (OTA) updates. When it is available, owners will be notified.

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