Hurricane Irma is taking the southeast region of the country by storm, and Tesla has decided to do what they can to help those who own one of their vehicles. The California-based electric car maker used their over-the-air updating system to allow certain Floridian owners access to more driving range.
The access to extra capacity in the pack is software-locked, and the update only applies to 60-badged Model S and Model X equipped with the 75 kWh battery pack. Upgrading from a 60D to a 75D is only a matter of remotely unlocking the extra capacity, which Tesla normally charges between $4,500 and $9,000 depending on the model.
Multiple Tesla owners said they noticed their car suddenly had about 40 additional miles of range, and the infotainment system now referred to itself as a 75 or 75D. The company decided to upgrade software in some of the Florida-registered cars when a concerned owner wrote an email to them explaining he needed an extra 30 miles of range to reach a safe distance from the hurricane’s wrath.
The Supercharger stations in Florida are still running, but the one in the Keys is temporarily closed, and the one in Fort Meyers is only offering “limited services,” so this was imperative for the electric car owners who reside in those areas. At the moment, there is no telling how long the upgrade will last. It wasn’t stated as to whether it was a permanent change, so after it’s safe for drivers to return home, the cars could go back to acting as 60-kWh battery packs soon.