However, some of those vehicles are obviously still on the road, and Tesla certainly did the right thing by maxing out their range in Florida.
Tesla's update removed the battery restriction, allowing affected vehicles - in the Florida area, according to a discussion of the issue on the Tesla Motors Club forum - to be charged to the full 75-kWh capacity.
Tesla's free remote unlock of this extra range for owners in the path of Irma gave them an additional 30 to 40 miles (50 to 60 km) of range to aid in their getting out of the hurricane's way.
The battery software upgrade for these models usually requires a payment of at least $4,500, stated the report.
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Many of Tesla's 2016 Model X and Model S-series vehicles were built with 75 kilowatt-hour batteries that were software-locked down to 60 to 75-kilowatt hours. Tesla will continue keeping the full 75 kWh battery unlock through to September 16.
The change, which was made rather quietly, first came to the notice of Tesla owners on Reddit. Luckily for them, Tesla is lending a hand as well.
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. Working in a similar manner to a standard petrol station, the Supercharger stations can quickly charge a Tesla battery in not much more time than a petrol pump. TechCrunch, reported that the extra capacity should amount to an extra 30 miles which could be enough to help get a driver to safety.