According to one Taycan customer, Porsche is rolling out a battery pack upgrade across several Taycan models.
The Porsche Taycan hasn't been around for very long, yet the sports car wizards in Stuttgart are already reportedly planning a battery pack upgrade for several Taycan models: the Taycan 4S, the Turbo, and the range-topping Turbo S. It's unknown whether this upgrade will come in the form of revised hardware or software, but the intent is to improve the driving range of the pure-electric Porsche passenger car - something that's needed after the Taycan Turbo posted a disappointing 201 miles in the EPA's range estimates.
At 93.4 kWh, the Taycan Turbo's battery pack is one of the highest-capacity units out there, suggesting that the car should have significantly more range than what's shown in official EPA testing.
Compare that to the new Tesla Model S Long Range Plus, which boasts up to an estimated 390 miles of range with a 100-kWh battery pack. Granted, anecdotal evidence suggests that the Taycan may have been shortchanged in EPA testing, and could be capable of far better range than the estimates suggest, but a 189-mile gap is no rounding error.
News of the battery pack upgrade comes from a Porsche Taycan Turbo customer known on Twitter by the handle ClarkDennisM, who says his car was delayed by a week while an unspecified battery update was applied. The tweet is provided above.
Porsche itself has yet to officially announce anything regarding the battery pack upgrade.
The Porsche Taycan is unique among battery-electric vehicles in that it uses an 800-volt power system instead of the 400-volt system typical of contemporary EVs. The higher-voltage system allows the Porsche Taycan to charge (and discharge) its battery more rapidly, lending itself to higher performance and faster recharge times. In ideal conditions, the Taycan can recover as much as 80 percent of its total capacity in just over 20 minutes.