Tesla helps Hurricane Irma evacuees with a temporary software update

Tesla helps Hurricane Irma evacuees with a temporary software update

Tesla helps Hurricane Irma evacuees with a temporary software update

A Florida motorist last week told Electrek that he discovered his Model S 60 had almost 40 additional miles and an unexpected "75" software badge.

According to commentators, Tesla chose to take action after the Florida-based owner of one of its cars contacted the company and asked for a temporary upgrade to make it out of the evacuation zone.

As Hurricane Irma bears down on Florida, Tesla issued an over-the-air update to drivers in the state that unlocks the full battery capacity of its 60 kilowatt-hour Model S and X vehicles.

Natural disasters often bring out the best in people; strangers help strangers to make the most of a bad situation. Changes to the way cars were made remotely using the system software update via mobile Internet.

The door handles, seen here flush against the body, extend as the driver approaches with key in pocket (if the vehicle is equipped with the tech package, that is-otherwise, they'll extend when lightly pressed).

Cars have been upgraded with 40 miles more juice to help drivers evacuate the region as the deadly storm sweeps in. A Tesla spokesperson confirmed the move to CNNMoney on Sunday.

According to CNN, the free upgrade will remain valid until September 16. There have been massive lines at pumping stations and widespread gas shortages throughout Florida.

Tesla owners report getting between 2.5 to 3.5 miles per kWh, so the extra capacity probably increased the range of affected vehicles by about 45 miles.

Millions of people are now affected by the evacuation of Florida as Hurricane Irma starts reaching the state and creates some hard traffic situation when escaping north.

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