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lurch234

Tesla flips a switch to increase the range of some cars

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lurch234    1,089
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Tesla flips a switch to increase the range of some cars

 

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Tesla has pushed an over-the-air update to some of its vehicles in Florida that lets those cars go just a liiiittle bit farther, thus helping their owners get that much farther away from the devastation of Hurricane Irma.

 

Wondering how that’s even possible?

 

Up until a few months ago, Tesla sold a 60kWh version of its Model S and Model X vehicles — but the battery in those cars was actually rated at 75kWh. The thinking: Tesla could offer a more affordable 60kWh version to those who didn’t need the full range of the 75kWh battery — but to keep things simple, they’d just use the same 75kWh battery and lock it on the software side. If 60kWh buyers found they needed more range and wanted to upgrade later, they could… or if

 

Tesla wanted to suddenly bestow owners with some extra range in case of an emergency, they could.

And that’s what’s happening here.

As first noticed by Tesla owners on Reddit, the company has pushed a “temporary update” to vehicles within the evacuation zones that bumps the 60kWh models up to 75kWh.

 

On the road, according to Elektrek, this battery bump works out to about 30 miles of additional range on a full charge. If that little bit of range helps even one person avoid injury or get their loved ones out safely, I’d say its worth whatever work this required.

 

Alas, the upgrade won’t stick around forever — Tesla generally charges at least $5,000 for the permanent equivalent. Members on the Tesla Motors Club fan forum report that the temporary update will be reversed on September 16th.

(Meanwhile, in case any gas-powered vehicle owners in the path of the hurricane end up on this page: GasBuddy has rolled out a tool meant to help Floridians find gas stations near them that still have fuel. And if you can get out, please do.)

 

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DKT27    6,730
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While what they are doing is highly respectable and good, on a funny side, someone mentioned that these days even cars come with DLC. Atleast it does look so.

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flitox    190
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so what they are saying the 60kwh model is the same that the 75kwh except it comes with a software that lock it to 60kwh...makes me wonder where the extra cost for the 75kwh is coming from???

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mikie    173
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$5,000 is built into the profits from those owners that can afford that option and the other more costly models .    Its vitally important that Tesla gets as many cars into as many markets as possible any way they can if the company is to survive.  

Tesla needs to build an affordable car suitable for college and high schoolers and have charging stations at the schools - which would tend to build lifelong loyalty from those customers.

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24 minutes ago, mikie said:

$5,000 is built into the profits from those owners that can afford that option and the other more costly models .    Its vitally important that Tesla gets as many cars into as many markets as possible any way they can if the company is to survive.  

Tesla needs to build an affordable car suitable for college and high schoolers and have charging stations at the schools - which would tend to build lifelong loyalty from those customers.

 

Just to give you an perspective. There is a call for them to come to our country for them to give the makers some competition here. The people who are calling for that do well know that the profit margins are so relatively small here, as most people cannot buy big cars and only buy small cheap ones, as not many can afford the expensive ones.

 

Just to give you an example, an average car sold here would cost around $9000-$10,000 to buy. If these companies can deliver their electric variant or alternative at a similar price then there is a huge market for it. Provided that companies are willing to letgo on profits and concentrate on building a market here.

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flitox    190
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11 hours ago, mikie said:

$5,000 is built into the profits from those owners that can afford that option and the other more costly models .    Its vitally important that Tesla gets as many cars into as many markets as possible any way they can if the company is to survive.  

Tesla needs to build an affordable car suitable for college and high schoolers and have charging stations at the schools - which would tend to build lifelong loyalty from those customers.

yep but here the option is within the cheap model. if they want to get as many cars as possible in the market, it would be wiser for them to sell the 75kwh model the price of that said 60kwh since it is exactly the same car and they can afford to sell it that price

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