Tesla software was quietly changed to help drivers escape Hurricane Irma

TESLA has rolled-out a software update to extend the range of drivers’ vehicles – helping them escape Hurricane Irma.

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Tesla software update increased range of cars to help drivers escape Hurricane Irma

Tesla owners affected by Hurricane Irma have been given extra mileage, thanks to a free over-the-air update.

The Californian automaker has rolled-out an update to certain models – unlocking 40 miles of additional electric range to help Tesla owners evaluate areas affected by the storm.

Tesla Model S and Model X owners can benefit from free software upgrades remotely, meaning the vehicle does not have to be in the garage to be updated.

Owners of these vehicles in Florida woke-up to extra range overnight to aid with escaping the Category Five Hurricane.

The upgrade package is available on 75kWh batteries, which were previously restricted to 60kWh on some entry-level Tesla models.

Owners were previously able to unlock the full potential of the battery included in the vehicle, but it would set them back £7,000 at launch.

Upgrading to the additional 15kWh enables drivers to benefit from a range boost of around 30 or 40 miles.

Tesla upgraded everyone’s vehicle in the affected areas – giving them an extra 40 miles overnight.

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Tesla Model S and Model X owners can benefit from free software upgrades remotely

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Upgrading to the additional 15kWh gives a range boost of 30 or 40 miles

Florida still has some SuperCharger Stations available, however, the new Tesla upgrade should alleviate any queues or pressures on these units.

There have been some reports saying there is reduced service or temporary closures at some of the sites but the majority are still fully operational.

The storm has caused travel chaos around Florida with some petrol stations running out of fuel.

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