When Southwest Florida got word Hurricane Irma was on its way, people headed to the gas pumps to fill their tanks. Lines were long, and gas quickly became scarce. But for people with an electric car, they were able to continue on with their evacuation plan with ease.
During Hurricane Irma, Justin Murphy said he packed up his family and headed on the road in his electric car.
“It was two Teslas, two drivers, two toddlers, two grandparents, two great grandparents and two dogs making our way up to Atlanta,” he said.
Justin found that evacuating Hurricane Irma was much smoother for him and his family than people who had to fill up at the gas tank.
“We just had to deal with the issues of regular traffic, but didn’t have any issues charging,” Justin said, noting that filling up his Tesla on electric only took about 30 minuntes.
After Hurricane Irma barreled through Florida, 43 percent of gas stations were completely out of gas, according to the crowd-sourcing platform GasBuddy.
Electric car owners made sure they were on full charge before Hurricane Irma made landfall. To guarantee that Florida evacuees were able to get to their destination quickly, Tesla issued an over-the-air update that unlocked the full battery capacity of its 60 and 70 kilowatt-hour Model S and X vehicles.
The extra boost gave drivers an additional 40 miles, according to Electrik.
During his journey to Atlanta, Justin and his family only stopped once. It was in Ocala, Fla. to recharge his Tesla.