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The Porsche Taycan is coming with something called "Foot Garages," according to style director Michael Mauer.

The Taycan is absolutely unique in terms of its proportions. Usually, purely electric vehicles are higher than their conventionally powered counterparts because the relatively heavy and large batteries are positioned in the floor of the vehicle while the occupants sit above them. We were not willing to accept this.

However, you can’t just install the batteries in a different place – for reasons relating to driving dynamics alone – as the centre of gravity must be as low as possible. Because you also can’t just make the vehicle wider, the specific challenge was to position the passengers as low as possible without them having to assume a reclined position like in a Formula 1 racing car. We solved this with so-called “foot garages”.

They enable a comfortable sitting position even in conjunction with the sporty vehicle height. In retrospect we can say that this so-called package was the greatest challenge. How high can the vehicle be? How long and how wide should it be, how horizontal or upright will the passengers sit? That’s what’s typically Porsche to me – this striving to find the ideal solution.
Jalopnik spoke with Porsche and was told that the Foot Garages are two spots on the floor that are made to improve leg room for the rear passengers rather than housing an extra part of the battery.


This is a pretty creative solution by Porsche to have better leg room in the back, but I can't help but wonder how much battery space and range they sacrificed to do so.
 

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Along with making things more comfortable for back seats, the foot garages allow Porsche to keep the Taycan's center of gravity low and improve its handling.
 

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I believe the foot wells are a solution to “ We can’t have people sitting in the back seat with their knees touching their chins” solution. I have a family member who had a Jeep product in the past where front and rear passengers had the foot well set up to lower their legs in proportion to their hips and getting out of the vehicle was a PIA having to lift your feet up a foot every time you exited the vehicle. Hopefully the set up in the Taycan is not very deep.... :)
 
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