The model designations of the Tesla Model S 60 and 60D and the Model X 60D nominally denote that they are equipped with a 60-kWh battery pack, but in reality the two models come equipped with 75-kWh battery packs that Tesla electronically limits t0 a 60-kWh charge capacity. What can be limited electronically can be unlimited electronically, and that’s just what Tesla did to help owners of its cars as Hurricane Irma approached them. To aid the evacuation, Tesla temporarily opened up the models’ full 75-kWh charge capacity by issuing an over-the-air-update to vehicles located in the path of the storm. While the Model S 60, 60D, and Model X 60D are EPA rated to travel 210, 218, and 200 miles on a single charge, opening up the floodgates to each model’s battery pack adds 31 to 39 miles more, depending on model.
According to a Tesla Motors Club forum user, as reported on Teslarati, and in a screenshot of a Tesla Motors message to customers posted on Reddit, the upgrade will last until September 16, at which point the affected vehicles will go back to their regular 60-kWh charge capacity. Customers spoiled by their Tesla’s newfound range can pay a fee to permanently enable the full use of their vehicle’s battery pack. Plan on dropping some major coin, though, as the last time we checked in with Tesla, enabling the upgrade cost a whopping $9000. We reached out to Tesla to confirm if that price still stands but have yet to hear back from the company.
Pricey as the permanent upgrade may be, we have to give kudos to the company for putting its customers’ needs first and going the extra mile. Or is that miles?