From Ars Technica
As Floridians in the path of Hurricane Irma rushed to evacuate last week, Tesla pushed out a software update that will make it a bit easier for certain Model S and Model X owners to get out of the state.
Tesla sometimes sells cars with more hardware battery capacity than is initially available for use by customers, offering the additional capacity as a subsequent software update. For example, Tesla has sold Model S cars rated P60D—the 60 stands for 60 kWh of energy storage—that actually have 75 kWh batteries. Owners of these vehicles can pay Tesla $9,000 to unlock the extra 15 kWh of storage capacity.
But last week, Tesla decided to temporarily make this extra capacity available even to Floridians who hadn’t paid for the upgrade to ensure…