Tesla has temporarily increased the range of select vehicles in an effort to help Florida residents escape the wrath of Hurricane Irma.
Electrek reports that the electric automaker has unlocked the full battery capacity of Model S and Model X 60 and 60D models with 75-kWh battery packs.
While the ‘60’ models are no longer offered, they were once the cheapest Model S and Model X variants and were software limited to 60-kWh despite having 75-kWh batteries. If customers wanted, they could pay a little extra to have that additional 15-kWh unlocked.
According to one Tesla owner in the path of Hurricane Irma, he woke up to discover his Model S 60 had 40 miles of additional range and a ‘75’ badge in its software.
Speaking about the decision to unlock the additional range, Tesla said it was contacted by an owner in a mandatory evacuation zone requiring an additional 30 miles of range to allow him to evacuate. The firm ultimately decided to offer a touch more range to him and other owners in the area.