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Tesla adds driving range for some owners escaping Irma

Tesla adds driving range for some owners escaping Irma”

But last week, Tesla chose to temporarily make this extra capacity available even to Floridians who hadn't paid for the upgrade to ensure they had enough range to get out of Florida ahead of Hurricane Irma.

That owner, according to Tesla, did not have the current base Model S or X with a 75 kWh battery pack.

Tesla has released a temporary software update that will extend the battery range of certain Model S and Model X cars for owners in the path of Hurricane Irma.

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 vehicle that costs much more? The extra capacity will allow the drivers to get a few more miles out of their Tesla.

Alas, the upgrade won't stick around forever - Tesla generally charges at least $5,000 for the permanent equivalent. "Features you've come to expect can be taken away or degraded not because the hardware has changed but because decisions were made about what the software can do", he said.

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According to Techcrunch, the emergency measure was first noticed by the Tesla community on Reddit early Saturday, in a thread asking, "Did Tesla just upgrade my 60D due to the hurricane?". The free update gives Irma-affected owners of these vehicles up to 15 kilowatt-hours of additional juice, which equates to around 30 to 40 extra miles of range.

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.

According to CNN, the free upgrade will remain valid until September 16.

The hurricane had previously killed 23 people and devastated a series of Caribbean islands.



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