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12 September 2017, 12:35 | Maryann Sutton
Promotional image of the Tesla Model S. Image Credit Tesla
The TeslaModel S and Model X cars that received the update were built with 75-kWh batteries but were sold at a discount because the batteries were limited to 60 kWh. 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.
We reached to Tesla and a representative confirmed that the company has put in place the emergency measure to temporarily extend the range of the vehicles of Tesla owners in the path of Hurricane Irma. For those unfamiliar, Tesla used to offer customers the option to buy a vehicle with a 75 kWh battery pack that was software locked.
This provides Tesla owners with an extra 30-40 miles of range for free, so they can drive out of HurricaneIrma. The extra capacity will allow the drivers to get a few more miles out of their Tesla.
Per charge, the Tesla 60 and 60D have a 200 mile range. Drivers can spend $3,000 to have full access to the batteries, or come September 16, for Florida owners, the batteries will revert.
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Tesla usually charges drivers $9,000 for that privilege, but waived the fee to give drivers temporary use of the feature.
The electric auto maker has remotely extended the battery capacity of some of its shorter-range vehicles to help evacuees in Florida find their way to safety without running out of juice.
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.
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