Tesla has pushed an over-the-air replace to a few of its automobiles in Florida that lets these automobiles go only a liiiittle bit additional, thus serving to their house owners get that a lot additional away from the devastation of Hurricane Irma.
Questioning how that’s even attainable?
Up till a number of months in the past, Tesla bought a 60kWh model of its Mannequin S and Mannequin X automobiles — however the battery in these automobiles was truly rated at 75kWh. The considering: Tesla might supply a extra reasonably priced 60kWh model to those that didn’t want the complete vary of the 75kWh battery — however to maintain issues easy, they’d simply use the identical 75kWh battery and lock it on the software program aspect. If 60kWh consumers discovered they wanted extra vary and needed to improve later, they might… or if Tesla needed to all of a sudden bestow house owners with some additional vary in case of an emergency, they might.
And that’s what’s occurring right here.
As first observed by Tesla owners on Reddit, the corporate has pushed a “momentary replace” to automobiles inside the evacuation zones that bumps the 60kWh fashions as much as 75kWh.
On the street, according to Elektrek, this battery bump works out to about 30 miles of further vary on a full cost. If that little little bit of vary helps even one individual keep away from damage or get their family members out safely, I’d say its value no matter work this required.
Alas, the improve gained’t stick round eternally — Tesla usually expenses no less than $5,000 for the everlasting equal. Members on the Tesla Motors Club fan forum report that the short-term replace will probably be reversed on September sixteenth.
(In the meantime, in case any fuel-powered car house owners within the path of the hurricane find yourself on this web page: GasBuddy has rolled out a device meant to help Floridians find gas stations near them that still have fuel. And if you will get out, please do.)
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