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Tesla Model S has increased the reserve due to Typhoon "Irma"

Tesla Model S has increased the reserve due to Typhoon

The SUV and sedan vehicles - Models S and X60, 60D, 70 and 70D - each have 60 kilowatt-hours of capacity but actually share the same 75 kilowatt-hour battery as more expensive models.

As Floridians in the path of Hurricane Irma rushed to evacuate last week, Tesla pushed out a software update that made it a bit easier for certain Model S and Model X owners to get out of the state.

Tesla introduced its cheaper Model X and Model S vehicles previous year with an 75 KWH battery that was software locked to use 80% of that available power. Without a doubt, this was a smart and welcome move by the EV giant as it allowed more people to get out of the endangered area and evacuation zone. And though the anonymous driver was not the hero who precipitated Tesla's gift, he is one of many who surely benefited. The battery boost for Florida drivers will be in place until September 16.

Previously, these vehicles were limited to a driving range of around 210 miles on a single charge.

Another benefit of picking up a Tesla over a standard auto for the evacuation was the lack of a queue at Tesla's Supercharger stations compared to long lines at petrol stations.

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. On Sunday, CNN reported long lines and gas outages at some gas stations in Florida; Tesla's Supercharger network appears to be largely unaffected at the time of writing.

Before reaching Florida, the hurricane had devastated 10 Caribbean countries and territories, killing about 23 people.

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