Good Guy Tesla is prepping some older Tesla Model S’s via a temporary over-the-air update with more range and supercharging capabilities.
Hurricane Florence is slowly but surely headed to the Eastern Seaboard sometime later this week and it’s got everyone living within striking distance concerned. As per Inside EV’s on their report earlier today (Sept. 12,2018) To help out older Tesla Model S owners, Tesla announced via an over the air update that popped up on their screen that they’re going to get a bit more range lurking in the software of their batteries and can use supercharging, a feature only available on newer Tesla Model S’s.
Thanks to a temporary Google Group updating Tesla Model S owners of this update, here’s what the update read,
We are temporarily enabling your car to use extra battery capacity, as well as free supercharging, in preperation for Hurricane Florence. We hope that this gives you peace of mind to get to a safe location, and will notify you before returning your car to its original configuarion in mid-October. Badging on your display may adjust during this period. Safe Travels!
Although not affiliated with Tesla, there’s even a site for Tesla owners to visit if they’re impacted by Hurricane Florence, located here.
The Tesla Model S 60, despite the name, comes with the same battery as the Tesla Model S 75, a 75 kWh battery. Instead of going through the hassle of putting a smaller battery in the same car, a bit of software limits the range of these older models automatically. No, increasing range like this temporarily by unlocking its capabilities won’t hurt your older Tesla by any means. It just means it’s using what was already built in. With this new Hurricane Spec battery, the Tesla Model S 60 can travel on average, an extra 40 miles, from 210 miles to 250 miles, which can be a matter of life and death if you procrastinate leaving.
Just like your smart phone, charge your Teslas to full capacity now and keep your battery topped off before leaving. And don’t forget to bring your charging cord. All to often, people don’t think about taking their charging cord with them thinking they’ll return home. Not during a Hurricane.