Porsche Recalls 43,000 Taycan EVs Over Power Loss Issues

Porsche PhotoPorsche, a luxury sports carmaker, is recalling approximately 43,000 Taycan electric cars around the world because of a bug that causes sudden loss of power. You will need to bring your car to a repair shop to fix the problem. An over-the-air update of software is not possible.AdvertisementPorsche stated in a blog that a workshop appointment should be made as soon as possible. The software update will take approximately one hour.All Taycan vehicles manufactured and delivered between June and the recall is effective, according to the company in a press release via Reuters. Porsche executive Klaus Rechberger stated that the problem was found in approximately 130 vehicles, but there have not been any reports of injuries or accidents. Porsche announced Friday that the bug was already fixed in newer Taycan models.Bloomberg reported the issue and possible recall earlier in the week. People familiar with the matter said that reports of Porsches suddenly starting to move in the United States prompted an investigation by U.S. Department of Transportations National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (USDOTSA) in May.According to a May 17 filing, the NHTSA said it had received nine complaints regarding the issue. Six of the vehicles refused to start after the loss of power.The Taycan is Porsche's first battery-powered car, and it debuted in 2019. According to company's latest quarterly sales figures, they have been especially popular in the U.S. where electric cars are outselling Porsche's Panamera and 911 sports cars.This recall won't likely be a major blow to Porsche's bottom line, given the lines success. It does highlight the unique challenges that companies face in switching from gasoline engines to more advanced electric motors. Chinese authorities ordered Tesla, another EV automaker to recall tens and thousands of its vehicles due to safety concerns. After an investigation by China's market regulator, Tesla released an over-the air software update (referred to as a recall) to fix the autopilot function on almost 300,000 vehicles. The update was made to correct the problem with the cruise control system, which could have caused the vehicles to accelerate unexpectedly.