The technology is available for all of Porsche Taycan's model versions and comes as an extra. If you opt for a panoramic roof with Variable Light Control, you'll discover that it's matte white in its default state.
When you start the vehicle, the roof takes up the last selected setting and awaits commands. Using the touch panel, you can choose two different stages – the intermediate Bold is 60% matte, while the Semi is 40% matte. Energy consumption for the technology is below 20 W.
Ten years of research have led to the development of this function. Stephan Wetzel, a specialist in automotive glazing at Porsche, has played a significant part in it. He has been conducting research in the smart technology field in the automotive sector. He said, "In architecture, layers of liquid crystals have long been used in windowpanes to manage temperature."
Porsche has assumed a pioneering role in developing the smart option, which is even more effective than the traditional roller shade. A high-precision test setup simulated 45 minutes of heat comparable to that under the South African sun on a summer day. The results have determined that the headroom stays 9 degrees Celsius (48 Fahrenheit) cooler compared to the best roller shade available. Moreover, more lights are allowed into the interior when using Clear Mode compared to tinted panoramic roofs.
Initially, the technology was supposed to have simple, straight lines, but it turned out to be an awkward design. After working with the Design department, the new pattern was developed, inspired by the Taycan's third brake light.
Positive secondary effects also resulted from this innovative technology. First, the composite glass is much lighter than a roof built from a single layer of glass. Second, exceptional insulation is provided regarding the frequency ranges of human voices and music. Additional comfort is ensured, as the barrier works both ways, with noise remaining outside.
Even though the technology has been mastered, it can be further optimized and customized. Stephen Wetzel adds, "We're never done at Porsche. There's more to come – mark my words."