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Hurricane Info Page for Tesla Owners

Shortcut to get here:       hurricane.triangletesla.org

For owners in evacuation areas, Tesla is enabling free supercharging and enabling use of extended battery capacity in Teslas with software locked battery capacity.   Those capabilities will remain enabled until the storm has passed.   If you have a Tesla capable of unlocked capacity, you should see a message on the screen informing you of the temporary change.

If you run into any issues, need assistance with your Tesla, or have important questions regarding Supercharger status, you may call Tesla Roadside Assistance for owners:

Tesla Roadside Assistance:

877-798-3752


How to check Utilization and Operational Status of Tesla Superchargers yourself

To view real-time Utilization and Operational Status yourself, access the in-car map and touch the lighting bolt icon.  

                       

All regional Superchargers will then display real-time utilization on the screen with the indicators above the sites indicating number of cars charging (red) and open chargers (light grey) .  Any non-operational superchargers should be indicated on that screen as well, but may not be updated immediately.  If the utilization indicator above the supercharger is not show, it may mean several things.  

    • You may be out of region for this data to be displayed (if you're too far away from the supercharger, the utilization status is not shown)
    • The supercharger may have lost network connectivity but still be working
    • The supercharger may have lost power

I'm evacuating with a Tesla, what should I know about planning?

First off, don't worry, you'll be fine, it really isn't much different than evacuating with a gasoline powered car and in some ways is better.  

One thing to note right away is DON'T FORGET YOUR MOBILE CHARGE CONNECTOR.  You may be using it to charge up before leaving and out of habit, unplug and drive off leaving it at home.  If you think you might forget it in the stress of preparing to leave, put a sticky note on the steering wheel. 

Charging

Charge to 100% before you leave
Stating the obvious, charge to 100% just before leaving.  Charge to 90% the night before leaving and increase it to 100% shortly before leaving so that the charge reaches 100% about the time you are ready to leave.   
Charging while evacuating (Supercharging)

Use of the supercharger network during evacuations should not be an issue.  With the recently added locations and capacity there should be adequate capacity to cover evacuations.  Give yourself a little extra juice at the last supercharger before your destination to make sure you have some bonus miles at your destination, especially if going to a hotel with chargers as there may be other EVs/Teslas charging already.  

Charging at your destination

If you are evacuating, the best tool to identify destination charging resources is PlugShare. com  There are two general evacuation plans and each has a recommended filter configuration to help with planning.  The below instructions are for viewing plugshare.com on a desktop browser.   The filter configuration may be accessed by clicking the menu icon to the left of the search bar. 


Evacuating to a Hotel
Adjust the filter settings as shown below.  Be sure to select "Lodging" under Amenities and nothing else in that section.  Setting this will show charging options onsite or very near hotel properties.  

Evacuating to Friends or Family
The same filter settings are recommended but do not select "Lodging" to show more options.

Note: If you have a CHAdeMO adapter, select that plug type as well.  If you don't know what a CHAdeMO adapter is, you don't have one.  Teslas do not come with them and they are an expensive option that must be purchased separately. 

Evacuating to a Hotel  Evacuating to Friends/Family 
   


What about returning from evacuation?

Check the in-car map to see if the superchargers you need to return are operational and check this website for any updated info.  Also, make sure you fully charge at the last supercharger before returning home if your home does not have power or you're not sure if it does.  You may also check plugshare.com and look at comments for the superchargers you will use and check https://supercharge.info/map and click on the superchargers you will use and select "discuss" to see if there are any comments about them being down. 

What else should I know?

You may be parking your car in a location with no charging for a while during evacuation.  To conserve energy you should disable Sentry Mode and set Cabin Overheat Protection to "NO A/C" or "OFF".  (note: Model S and X do not have a "NO A/C" option).  Both of those settings are accessible on the main screen under "Safety & Security".


 

While traveling, if you encounter a situation where range is a concern to get to your destination due to power outage or a long detour perhaps, the following options will extend range while driving:


    • Slow Down - If you aren't going slow already due to traffic and are cruising along at 73 mph, take it down a notch to 65 and you'll save a ton of power and have more range.  Want to save more?  Slow down some more.  Seriously, speed is more important than any other factor in extending range on the road.   If needed, going as slow as 50 mph will show significant savings.  

    • Turn on Range Mode if driving a Model S or X (Model 3 does not have this mode).  Go to Controls -> Driving -> Range Mode -> On.  While this will help a slight bit, it won't help nearly as much as slowing down.  

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