We have all heard about software updates for our gadgets, be it our phones or electric cars. It has been a decade since Tesla has been offering this service to its users, and other automobile companies have followed in its footsteps. But something that rarely happens is the upgrade of hardware in electric vehicles, and Porsche has decided to set an example by making an admirable offer to 2020 Porsche Taycan owners.
The New Upgrade
Users of the 2020 Porsche Taycan EV can now upgrade their 9.6-kilowatt onboard charger to a more powerful version, a 19.2 kW unit. With this hardware update, owners will save a lot of hours of charging. The upgrade option is available for owners of newer versions, but it is mainly offered for the 2020 Porsche Taycan. If the Level 2 (240-volt) AC garage charging station can offer greater power and is wired on a circuit that can supply it, then the 19.2-kW charger enables the car to charge more quickly there. The battery’s performance will improve drastically; with a 71.0-kilowatt-hour performance battery in the Taycan, it can be recharged from nothing to full in 4.8 hours as opposed to 9.5 hours with the original charger. As per Porsche’s estimation, the full kit will cost around $1850.15 and will require 12 hours of labor.
The Plug & Charge protocol will enable the users to plug into a DC fast-charging station operated by Electrify America and then leave; all other formalities, like verification and billing, will be automatically handled without any worry on the owners’ part. The idea of a change in hardware after the car has left the manufacturer’s door has everyone hyped because it has rarely happened in the past. Owners were always expected to discard the earlier model and purchase a new or improved model for upgrades. Let’s see how Porsche will change the game with this new rollout.