Saturday, 23 September, 2017

Tesla Unlocks Extra Battery Capacity For Owners Fleeing Hurricanes

Hurricane Irma killed about 23 people in the Caribbean islands before reaching Florida Hurricane Irma killed about 23 people in the Caribbean islands before reaching Florida
Velma Reese | 11 September, 2017, 14:58

In light of the risks posed to owners struggling to leave Florida as Irma approached, Tesla chose to let all owners get the maximum range out of vehicles with the 75 kWh battery pack, using a wireless upgrade to boost range to about 230 miles at highway speeds.

According to USA Today, in an effort to streamline production, Tesla includes the same batteries in many of its models, but charges an additional fee to "unlock" the higher available capacity.

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.

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Teslarati reached out to Tesla for comment on the matter and confirmed that the update was actually pushed out for this reason, specifically for owners in hurricane-affected areas. At the time, Tesla's vehicle pricing model would let users pay $3,000 to unlock the additional battery power, but the company has since discontinued the lower-range Model S and Model X series. However, it is reported that this is a temporary update.

Tesla responded by granting all Tesla 60/60D owners in the path of the hurricane temporary access to the full 75kWh of battery capacity, allowing them to pursue evacuation routes. You will notice the badging on the instrument cluster will read 75 during this period.

More than six million people were ordered to evacuate their homes over the weekend, before Hurricane Irma on Sunday made landfall in Florida Keys. Among those were many owners of Tesla vehicles that went on social media and praised the company and their Supercharger system by saying that there were no long waiting lines like on the gas stations.

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