As vehicles become rolling computers, sophisticated software is imperative so that all the onboard systems work harmoniously. We’re used to hearing about recalls involving mechanical issues of various natures, but with more technologically advanced cars hitting the streets, it’s the unstable software that could become a major culprit going forward.
Case in point, it wasn’t that long ago when Tesla had no other way but to recall nearly 300,000 vehicles in China over issues related to its controversial Autopilot self-driving feature. Fast forward to this week, Automotive News reports Porsche is on the verge of announcing a global recall for its first electric car – the Taycan sedan.
The issue apparently stems from a software glitch causing an abrupt loss of power. According to the report, Porsche will officially announce a worldwide recall in a matter of days. For the time being, a spokesperson contacted by Automotive News refused to comment on the seemingly impending recall. It is unclear how many Taycan sedans will be affected by the recall, but with the procedure set to be done on a global scale, it’s safe to say the software problem is not limited to a few cars.
Interestingly, the report mentions some owners have been experiencing a different problem with their electric sedans as the high-end EV switches to emergency mode on its own. US-spec Taycans are believed to be plagued with this issue, which has allegedly prompted an investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
The recall likely impacts only the sedan version of the Taycan as customer deliveries of the Cross Turismo wagon are just getting started. The Zuffenhausen brand is preparing a third EV by launching the next generation of the Macan crossover exclusively with zero-emissions propulsion in 2023. There are also rumors of a smaller electric sedan to take on the BMW i4 and Tesla Model 3, while the 718 Boxster and Cayman sports cars are only a few years away from embracing an electric powertrain.
Source: Automotive News