How has Tesla assisted its Florida customers in escaping Hurricane Irma?


Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) sent a free update to some owners in Florida to help them extend their driving range ahead of Hurricane Irma.

A Florida motorist last week told Electrek that he discovered his Model S 60 had almost 40 additional miles and an unexpected "75" software badge.

During 2016, Tesla launched Model X and Model S vehicles with a limited battery capacity that were also cheaper than standard ones.

Considering the 15 kWh (30 to 40 additional miles) could also be useful to other owners affected by Irma, Tesla chose to also temporarily unlock other vehicles with the same software-lock battery packs in the region. Depending on the model, that could let drivers travel about 40 more miles before they would need to recharge their cars.

Initially, Tesla made extra battery capacity available to customers for $9,000, but has since dropped the price to $2,000. But for Tesla, managing variations using software makes sense, given that the company sells only three vehicles now.

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Tesla drivers who might have been affected by Hurricane Irma have been given a helping hand from the company.

This decision will help owners of electric cars to evacuate from the disaster zone. A Tesla spokesperson confirmed the move to CNNMoney on Sunday.

Interestingly, the idea for the update didn't come from Tesla.

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 upgrade for those Florida customers will remain in place until September 16.

Millions of people have fled from parts of Florida in what is potentially the largest evacuation in US history.