Well, that was nice of them:
Tesla used to offer the option to buy a Model S or Model X with a 75-kWh battery pack software-locked at a capacity of 60 kWh. The option would result in a less expensive vehicle with a shorter range, but the option to pay to remotely enable the longer range at a later stage.
Some of those owners reported this morning having more range than usual in their vehicles.
A Tesla Model S 60 owner in Florida reached out to us with almost 40 more miles than in his usual full charge and a new “75” badge in his car software.
While he didn’t ask for it nor knew why it changed, Tesla had temporarily unlocked the remaining 15 kWh of the car’s software-limited battery pack option to facilitate the owner’s evacuation.
We reached to Tesla and a representative confirmed that the company has put in place the emergency measure to temporarily extend the range of the vehicles of Tesla owners in the path of Hurricane Irma.
Unfortunately, Tesla likely isn’t in a position to upgrade everyone’s battery packs. And I’d hate to be looking at the touchscreen if (when?) they roll back the upgrade.