Porsche Electric adds smart lift nose, colour HUD
New Plug & Charge for easier charging and slower rates to save battery
While the Porsche Taycan is still so new you can smell the freshness, Porsche is already making changes for 2021 in an effort to improve their first full-electric. That means faster charging, a new head-up display, smarter nose-lifting, and… smaller brakes?
We’ll get back to that last one later, and start with the new tech. First, a new Plug & Charge system saves authentification data in the car. So instead of having to log in to a charging station at Electrify Canada, the plug does all of the back and forth communication. The cars will also get a new charging restriction feature. Because if you’re going to be there for two hours, there’s no point in getting a full-speed 270 kW charge. So the car can slow it to more like 200 kW, which is more efficient and easier on the battery. While Porsche in Canada doesn’t mention it, Porsche in Europe has announced a new 22 kW charger is coming that would double at-home charging speeds.
A new full-colour head-up display has joined the options list, because in a car this quick, you probably don’t want to spend much time looking down at the digital dash. It can even show navigation and power use data. The adaptive air suspension gains a Smartlift function that lets you program common obstacles using GPS. So if you have the same speed bump every day, the car will automatically raise the nose to let you clear it. Same goes for your driveway.
Also new are flexible upgrades Porsche calls Functions on Demand. Through Over the Air updates, owners will be able to add Intelligent Range Manager, and even Lane Keep Assist and InnoDrive adaptive speed control (to cars with adaptive cruise) for a large one-time or smaller recurring fee.
NOw about those brakes. The optional Porsche Surface Coated Brakes have shrunk from 4150 mm to 410 mm, and the front calipers now have six pistons instead of 10. Why? To save 24.2 lbs (11 kg). It’s an EV, and Porsche has already said that 90 percent of braking will be handled by the regen system, so why not? They’re still massive brakes and Porsche says feel and braking distances aren’t changed. They’ve also added in scheduled maintenance for two years/30,000 km for good measure. Porche’s European release says that the Turbo S will now hit 200 km/h in 9.6 seconds, 0.2 quicker than before. Maybe some of that is from the lighter brakes?
The new models hit dealers early next year, from $120,500 for the 4S.