As gas stations in Florida ran out of fuel due to long lines of car owners rushing in to fill up their vehicles before Hurricane Dorian makes landfall, Elon Musk has confirmed that Tesla will offer free Supercharging services and unlock more range for vehicles that are on Dorian’s path.
By doing so, Tesla will be able to provide some help to owners who are traveling to escape the upcoming storm.
This is not the first time that Tesla has decided to give a helping hand to electric car owners that are at risk of being affected by a hurricane. During Hurricane Michael’s assault on the East Coast last year and Hurricane Irma’s landfall back in 2017, Tesla rolled out an update to its fleet that enabled more range in select vehicles such as the Model S 60 and S 70, both of which are equipped with software-limited battery packs. In the case of Hurricane Michael, Tesla enabled free Supercharging for Model 3 owners as well.
It remains to be seen if Tesla will also unlock more range for owners of the Standard Range Model 3, a vehicle that is essentially a software-limited version of the Standard Range Plus variant.
Dorian continues to gather strength as it approaches Florida, with recent reports stating that the hurricane has become a Category 3 storm. When it makes landfall as soon as Monday, Sept. 2 in Florida, Dorian could increase its strength further, possibly even become a Category 4 hurricane. With potential sustained winds between 111 and 129 mph, Dorian could result in “devastating damage” to homes, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Florida has been placed in a state of emergency as a result of Dorian’s impending arrival. Authorities have begun urging residents to stockpile a week’s worth of food and supplies. In a statement on CNN’s New Day on Friday, Aug. 30, Acting FEMA Administrator Pete Gaynor issued a warning to Florida’s residents.