Tesla Unlocks Additional Range For Some Florida Vehicles To Escape Irma

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In fact, it already offered owners the ability to upgrade their vehicle - for a price ranging from $4,500 to $9,000 - to get access to the full 75 kWh capacity.

Florida still has a fully operational network of the fast chargers but Tesla is clearly keen to avoid owners having to queue for power.

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

Even the basic Tesla Model S 60 has a range of 200 miles - but the extra boost could be the difference between being stranded or making it home safely. The option would result in a less expensive vehicle with a shorter range, but the option to pay to remotely enable the longer range at a later stage.

While he didn't ask for it nor knew why it changed, Tesla had temporarily unlocked the remaining 15 kWh of the car's software-limited battery pack option to facilitate the owner's evacuation.

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A Tesla spokesperson confirmed to FLORIDA TODAY certain vehicles in the area were temporarily updated to help with evacuations.

Tesla owners on the Tesla Motors Club forums recently shared that Tesla has issued an emergency firmware update for owners in the path of Hurricane Irma.

With the flip of a metaphorical switch, automaker Tesla has reportedly given a remote update to some of its vehicles in Florida, helping owners of the electric cars escape Hurricane Irma's devastation on fewer battery charges.

The 60D Model X and the 60 and 60D Model S vehicles were introduced previous year as a cheaper version of the higher end vehicles. Normally, unlocking the extra capacity costs about $3,000.

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