With a 0-62mph sprint of 2.8 seconds and a 0-124mph sprint of 9.8 seconds, no one has ever complained that Porsche’s first electric car, the Taycan, is slow. Even so, a new tech update for 2021 models is set to optimise the battery, somehow make the Taycan even faster and extend the car’s overall battery life.
The first of the new updates is an over-the-air update system called Functions on Demand (FoD). Allowing owners to purchase (or subscribe to new features on a monthly basis) and upgrade their car wirelessly, the new system will allow for the addition of options such as Power Steering Plus, lane-keeping assistance and Porsche’s new adaptive cruise control program, Porsche Innodrive.
Battery optimisation plays a bit part in the new update, with the Taycan Turbo S becoming capable of a 0-124mph sprint in 9.6 seconds, knocking two tenths of a second off the previous sprint. Obviously, it’s not a massive jump, but Porsche say that they’ve maintained the Taycan’s ability to repeatedly manage that sprint time and brought the car’s quarter-mile time down to 10.7 seconds … all through a tech update.
Aside from the increased performance, the battery optimisation means that the Taycan can now preserve battery life by restricting charging speed – for example, you could choose to reduce the charging speed of an 800-volt charger from 270kW to 200kW. Using this new feature, owners can reduce power loss over the life of the car.
Amazingly, the clever update means that, if you have solar panels at home, Taycan can determine when it has reached a minimum charge level and then charge itself solely using solar energy.
Another clever feature, providing your car has adaptive air suspension, is the car’s ability to automatically raise and lower ride height at certain points in a journey that you do often; meaning that you’ll never have to worry about speed bumps or steep driveways again.
Finally, the 2021 Porsche Taycan is set to come with seven new exterior colours; Coffee Beige Metallic, Cherry Metallic, Frozenberry Metallic, Mahogany Metallic, Chalk, Neptune Blue and Ice Grey Metallic. There’s also ‘Blackberry’ as a new interior shade.
We can’t help but find the Porsche Taycan’s new update quite exciting, it serves as a reminder that the next generation of cars will continue to evolve. If you could design an update for any car, what would it be? Let us know on Facebook, Instagram or Linkedin.