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Tesla remotely extended range of cars to assist Hurricane Irma evacuations

Tesla remotely extended range of cars to assist Hurricane Irma evacuations

For a period of time, Tesla sold the Models S and X with a 75 kWh pack that was limited by software to 60 or 70 kWh.

In a letter to Florida Tesla owners, Tesla confirmed it had issued the temporary battery update, which will run until September 16. 10, Tesla, the #Electric vehicle company founded by businessman Elon Musk, increased the #Battery Capacity for Tesla users in Florida to help them get to safety.

The company Tesla has lifted restrictions on the blocking capacity of the battery for the cheaper Model and X60D Model S60 / 60D that could drive on a single charge of about 320 kilometers. The update allowed for an extra 30 to 40 miles of driving.

Tesla has pushed an over-the-air update to some of its vehicles in Florida that lets those cars go just a liiiittle bit farther, thus helping their owners get that much farther away from the devastation of Hurricane Irma.

That Tesla can update its auto software on-the-fly is not news, but this is the first time the company had done so to help people in an emergency. And though the anonymous driver was not the hero who precipitated Tesla's gift, he is one of many who surely benefited. The owner has the option to purchase an upgrade at any time; if they do, Tesla then remotely unlocks the software, giving the auto roughly 30 additional miles per charge. But for Tesla, managing variations using software makes sense, given that the company sells only three vehicles now.

The southern state's Supercharger network-a global grid of 480-volt fast-charging stations-is quite extensive, running from the Keys to the Panhandle.

The storm had earlier hit Caribbean islands and taken a toll of 23 lives.


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