Elon Musk automatically extends Tesla's battery capacity for Florida users

Helping drivers flee Irma, Tesla reportedly issues remote upgrade to boost battery power
Tesla extended the range of some Florida vehicles for drivers to escape Hurricane Irma
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12 September, 2017

Many of Tesla's 2016 Model X and Model S-series vehicles were built with 75 kilowatt-hour batteries that were software-locked down to 60 to 75-kilowatt hours.

Tesla has issued a free temporary software update that unlocks additional battery power for Tesla vehicle owners looking to evacuate Florida as Hurricane Irma approaches the state.

Previously, these vehicles were limited to a driving range of around 210 miles on a single charge.

According to a report from Electrek, a Tesla owner required another 30 miles of range to take the best evacuation route away from Hurricane Irma.

Unlocking the full capabilities of a Tesla battery can cost thousands of dollars in extra fees-unless you're trying to outrun Hurricane Irma. For example, a Tesla Model S 60 only has access to 60kWh battery capacity, despite having a larger, 75kWh battery. The extra capacity will allow the drivers to get a few more miles out of their Tesla.

The Model X above and the Model S received over-the-air updates to expand battery storage capacity temporarily to evacuate Florida
The Model X above and the Model S received over-the-air updates to expand battery storage capacity temporarily to evacuate Florida

Tesla's gesture has been well-received by customers - more so than Apple's much-maligned decision to push U2's "Songs of Innocence" to iOS devices in 2014. But for Tesla, managing variations using software makes sense, given that the company sells only three vehicles now.

The range on electric cars is one of the main reasons why there are still quite a few auto owners out there who aren't quite ready to make the switch.

Tesla said that for those drivers under mandatory evacuation orders, it remotely reprogrammed the vehicles to increase the battery capacity.

Millions of people are now affected by the evacuation of Florida as Hurricane Irma starts reaching the state and creates some hard traffic situation when escaping north.

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