With a statewide emergency declared after wildfires sweep through the Los Angeles area, Tesla has unlocked maximum range on their vehicles, even to those who own cars with a software-limited range. It was confirmed by Elon Musk on Twitter this Monday morning.
While customers have the chance to upgrade the range to match the potential of the battery fitted to their vehicles, Tesla has shown on multiple occasions that they will temporarily upgrade the cars in times of need, for example, these fires. For example, the Model S 40 is limited to 40 kWh, but when Tesla clicks its magic fingers, they can lift the barrier to the maximum battery power. This is 60 kWh in the S 40, and the 60 and 70 is actually fitted with a 75 kWh battery.
By using the same battery between models, it allows for a cheaper production, which was incredibly important in the early days of the company.
Will do what we can for anyplace affected by natural disasters
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 28, 2019
In the past, Tesla has unlocked the extra range, for example during hurricane Micheal and the fires in CA.
We’re sure that the standard range Tesla Model 3 will have its range extended, but this is yet to be confirmed. Elon has also hinted at free supercharging in the area affected by the fires. Several neighbourhoods have been hit by the forest fire evacuations with the LA fire department notifying the public that the Getty fire has already burnt through 400 acres.
— En24 News (@En24News) October 25, 2019
The Kincade Fire, the largest of the blazes right now, is still going after sweeping through 66,000 acres, with around ten more also causing damage.