Tesla Boosts Car Battery Power During Irma, Raising Questions of Control

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Tesla drivers in Florida got an unexpected assist this weekend as they scrambled to evade Hurricane Irma.

Owners of certain Model S sedans and Model X SUVs noticed that the battery capacity of their electric cars had increased, giving them as much as 40 extra miles of range to outrun the deluge. Range anxiety—the fear that an electric vehicle will run out of charge before reaching its destination—can be magnified in emergency situations.

Tesla confirmed that it

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