Owners can breathe a collective sigh of relief.
A troubling situation regarding the Porsche Taycan became public in May and it had the potential to damage the electric vehicle's global reputation. Fortunately, Porsche didn't waste any time by trying to deny anything was wrong. An investigation was opened by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) into 2020-2021 models following several owner complaints claiming they experience a sudden loss of power while driving without warning. Over 12,000 Taycans were potentially affected by what was likely a software glitch that also involved the 800-volt battery.
According to Bloomberg, Porsche has resolved the problem and will soon issue a recall in coordination with the government safety agency.
This will be Porsche's first recall for its first pure battery-electric model. No accidents or related injuries have been reported so far but it's good to see Porsche moved quickly on this. More details should arrive in the coming days. Chances are, owners will be instructed to bring their Taycan to their Porsche dealership for the necessary repair. This doesn't seem to be something that can be fixed via an over-the-air update.
The Taycan was revealed to the world in 2019 and became an overnight sensation that further proved people are ready for a fully electrified Porsche when it nearly outsold the iconic 911 in the first business quarter of this year, and then completed that feat in Q2.
Taycan sales are expected to grow even more once the Cross Turismo wagon goes on sale. Because it's brand new, the latter will not be affected by the recall. This Taycan issue and the automaker's response provide a good sign of things to come because more battery-electric Porsches are on their way soon.
Next up will be the Macan EV and it's possible it'll receive a different name to fully separate it from the ICE model which is also being redesigned. Both the 718 Boxster and Cayman are also likely to go fully electric but the 911 will keep its flat-six for the foreseeable future.