Tesla extends battery life for Irma evacuees

Robyn Valdez
September 12, 2017

As Electrek explains, Tesla used to sell versions of the Model S and X with 75kWh battery packs that are software-locked to 60 or 70kWh, a cheaper option for those who didn't need a bunch of extra range. For $6,500, owners could upgrade to the full 75 kWh capacity. 10, Tesla, the #Electric auto company founded by businessman Elon Musk, increased the #Battery Capacity for Tesla users in Florida to help them get to safety.

Tesla has increased the maximum range of its Model S and Model X 60/60D vehicles. Tesla is now doing something similar with its Autopilot technology: all new vehicles have the hardware, but Tesla "unlocks" capabilities using software, if owners want to pay the additional cost. Luckily for them, Tesla is lending a hand as well.

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So what's going on with paying about $60,000 for a Tesla that's actually toting around a battery than can serve up the same range as a auto that costs much more?

Here's how it works: Tesla remotely triggered a software upgrade for some cars in the southeast, where Irma is expected to cause significant damage, according to the spokesperson. 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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Millions of people are now affected by the evacuation of Florida as Hurricane Irma starts reaching the state and creates some hard traffic situation when escaping north.

Tesla introduced its cheaper Model X and Model S vehicles previous year with an 75 KWH battery that was software locked to use 80% of that available power. TechCrunch, reported that the extra capacity should amount to an extra 30 miles which could be enough to help get a driver to safety.

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