Hurricane Florence: More On Tesla’s Response And Assistance

SEP 17 2018 BY EVANNEX 7


Tesla owners in the path of Hurricane Florence will benefit from free unlimited Supercharging and extended range (for software-limited battery packs) in order to help them reach a safe location.

*This article comes to us courtesy of EVANNEX (which also makes aftermarket Tesla accessories). Authored by Iqtidar Ali. The opinions expressed in these articles are not necessarily our own at InsideEVs.

Above: Tesla Model S driving in heavy rain (Twitter: MKBHD)

Owners will get extended battery capacity and free unlimited Supercharging via Tesla’s over-the-air update and the temporary perks will last until mid-October as the weather situation stabilizes.

Tesla Vehicle charging progress display

Above: On-screen display of a Tesla charging (Image: Tesla)

If you’ve received the update you’ll see the following notification on your Tesla’s center touchscreen…

Tesla's notification for additional range and Supercharging for Hurricane Florence preparation

Source: NoT-RexFatalities / Tesla Subreddit

The notification reads:

We are temporarily enabling your car to access additional battery capacity, as well as free Supercharging, in preparation for Hurricane Florence. We hope that this gives you the peace of mind to get to a safe location, and will notify you before returning your car to its original configuration in mid-October. Badging on your display may adjust during this period. Safe travels!

It’s important to remember that the ‘additional battery capacity’ will be enabled only for Teslas that have a ‘software-limited’ battery pack.

Above: Charging up at a Tesla Supercharger station as storm clouds approach (Instagram: pdespati)

Tesla (over a certain period of time) has delivered vehicles with larger battery packs at a lower cost to customers in order to avoid production complexities. This hidden battery pack capacity enables Tesla’s electric vehicle owners extra range in emergency situations like Hurricane Florence — Tesla provided the same service to owners last year during Hurricane Irma.

Unlimited Free Supercharging also gives Tesla owners access to a virtually unlimited supply of “fuel” (or in this case, electrons). In contrast, gas-powered internal combustion engine vehicles typically struggle with long lines and high gas prices during hurricanes.

Hurricane Florence's path as of Sep 13, 2018

Above: Hurricane Florence’s path (Image: / USA Today); Note: Weather conditions are quickly changing so check local news for updates

As noted in the chart (see above) predicting the path of Hurricane Florence — the hurricane will affect multiple states from South Carolina, parts of Georgia, Kentucky, Virignia and Maryland. Tesla owners from these states should expect to see the latest updates enabling free Supercharging and additional battery capacity. To that end, these helpful steps should ease the burden of thousands of Model S, 3, and X owners as they prepare for (and deal with) volatile weather conditions associated with Hurricane Florence.


Written by: Iqtidar Ali

*Editor’s Note: EVANNEX, which also sells aftermarket gear for Teslas, has kindly allowed us to share some of its content with our readers, free of charge. Our thanks go out to EVANNEX. Check out the site here.

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7 Comments on "Hurricane Florence: More On Tesla’s Response And Assistance"

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Excellent free publicity while meeting a real need.

While Tesla provides free charging and increase battery capacity for free. Gas stations in the past have used natural disasters to gouge consumers.

Forcing states to reluctantly enact price control laws to curb price gouging. The Georgia Consumer Protection Unit prefaces their weak-kneed response to price gouging with this, “One of the pillars of our society is the free-market economy. The market controls prices on the basis of supply and demand, local competition and other factors. “

Yes this does do an excellent compare and contrast of the Tesla goal of sustainability and having excellent customer service with the fossil fuel mafia predicted on pretty much doing the opposite!

Truly disgusting!
After the energy companies get into trouble they ask for fed handouts invoking national security. Price gouging in good times and gov handouts in bad times. That’s free market for you!

Sounds like he Georgia Consumer Protection Unit has a similar mission statement as the EPA does, since the liar in chief has been elected
Climate Change isn’t real and protecting the public takes a back seat to protecting the fossil fuel industry.

Way to go opposite of the gas industry typically!