Around 43,000 vehicles are affected.
This is a problem we were made aware of back in May and knew a fix was in the works. Today, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a recall for the Porsche Taycan and Taycan Cross Turismo lineup. Around 43,000 examples from the 2020 and 2021 model years are affected and owners need to take this seriously.
The government safety agency and Porsche were first made aware back in May of what's turned out to be a software issue that could cause the EVs to experience a sudden loss of power. At least nine owners complained about "a loss of motive power while in motion at any speed without warning."
Six of those owners said they were unable to start their cars following the power loss. Needless to say, that's extremely serious but fortunately, no accidents or injuries have been reported. The NHTSA now says the problem has been traced to the EV's 12-volt battery where a loss of charge could potentially shut down the entire electrical system. It doesn't matter which of the two available battery packs, either a 71- or 83.7-kWh unit, are installed; both are equally affected.
Porsche has now issued a software update to tweak the EV's power electronics and engine control unit software to permanently solve the problem.
Dealers will have to update the Taycans on their lots while new Taycans on the assembly line have already received the software patch. Taycan owners will be contacted by the automaker later this month but will have to bring their vehicles to a dealer for the fix. This can't be done over the air. As always, this recall is completely free of charge for owners. Once updated, the monitoring software will no longer incorrectly detect a fault and shut down the powertrain.
It's not uncommon for new vehicles, especially ones as technically complex as the Taycan and its wagon sibling, to experience a few bugs. But Porsche acknowledged, investigated, and solved the problem in just a few weeks.