Tesla boosts vehicle range to help drivers escape Hurricane Irma

Helping drivers flee Irma, Tesla reportedly issues remote upgrade to boost battery power

Tesla remotely sent a free software update to some drivers across Florida over the weekend, extending the battery capacity of cars and giving extra range to those fleeing Hurricane Irma.

According to Electrek, Tesla unlocked the battery capacity of their Tesla Model S and Telsa Model X 60/ 60D models so that they can all make full use of the 75kWh battery.

Tesla used to offer the option to buy a Model S or Model X with a 75 kWh battery pack software-locked at a capacity of 60 kWh.

This free update has been confirmed by the company on Sunday, and it was approved after one of the owners asked for Tesla to temporarily allow them usage of additional range.

So, how can Tesla pull off such a wide margin on its vehicles, and more specifically, the Model 3? But for Tesla, managing variations using software makes sense, given that the company sells only three vehicles now.

So what's going on with paying about $60,000 for a Tesla that's actually toting around a battery than can serve up the same range as a auto that costs much more? And though the anonymous driver was not the hero who precipitated Tesla's gift, he is one of many who surely benefited. Working in a similar manner to a standard petrol station, the Supercharger stations can quickly charge a Tesla battery in not much more time than a petrol pump. Another owner pointed out that Tesla said the upgrade will be effective through 16 September.

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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