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

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

The Tesla Model S and Model X cars that received the update were built with 75-kWh batteries but were sold at a discount because the batteries were limited to 60 kWh.

In fact it seems that some of Tesla's cars can hit a range that is greater than expected, and that is a feature that Tesla has remotely unlocked for its owners in Florida who are trying to escape Hurricane Irma.

To aid the evacuation, Tesla temporarily opened up the models' full 75-kWh charge capacity by issuing an over-the-air-update to vehicles located in the path of the storm.

Tesla introduced its cheaper Model X and Model S vehicles a year ago with an 75 KWH battery that was software locked to use 80% of that available power.




In an email sent by Tesla to its users, the consumers were notified of an automatic adjustment that allowed them to access their car's hidden capacity. The free update gives Irma-affected owners of these vehicles up to 15 kilowatt-hours of additional juice, which equates to around 30 to 40 extra miles of range. But for Tesla, managing variations using software makes sense, given that the company sells only three vehicles now. But a few extra free miles never hurt anyone.

Some Tesla owners might have felt an advantage over drivers of gasoline-powered cars during the evacuations.

It is noted that in the way of software upgrade increases the range of the Tesla by about 45 miles. 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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