Porsche recalls Taycan for loss of power fault

A software glitch in Porsche's EV has triggered a recall for 43,000 cars globally

By PH Staff / Friday, July 2, 2021 / Loading comments

Yes, it’s a slow news day. But probably also worth flagging this for any Taycan owner who is yet to be contacted by their dealer. Porsche has announced what essentially amounts to a global recall for 43,000 Taycan and Taycan Cross Turismo models based on a software fault in the engine control unit.

This is notable because rather than being something trivial, the issue is said to result in the immediate ‘loss of motive power’ – which is something of a bind if you’re in the outside lane of a motorway. Even better, Porsche reckons there are no specific set of circumstances that will trigger the powertrain shutdown – it just happens alongside a cheery message instructing you to find somewhere safe to pullover. Somewhere quite close.

Fortunately we’re told the problem doesn’t affect the brakes and steering, and the manufacturer has claimed an occurrence rate of just 0.3 per cent in its own tests. Of course, that’ll be cold comfort if the motors do give up at the crucial moment – but plenty of PHers will have savoured that experience in a combustion engine. Porsche reckons even if it does happen, a quick turn-off-and-turn-on-again reset will have you back on your way, meaning the chance of being stranded are slim.

According to Autocar, the problem has also cropped up on the Audi E-tron – which obviously shares the Taycan’s mechanicals – but is said to have affected dramatically fewer cars given its later production. For its part, Porsche says it will be in touch with the 4,495 UK owners affected, and that the free-of-charge workshop appointment will have the software code restored to full health in about an hour.

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