While most Tesla Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) owners in the company’s home state of California don’t have to worry about freezing temperatures, drivers in others states aren’t so lucky.
With that in mind, the electric vehicle maker just rolled out a new update to its mobile app that helps drivers heat up their cars.
“When temperatures are near freezing, preconditioning will also heat your battery for better driving and charging performance. We recommend you plug in to reduce range loss, and start pre-conditioning about an hour before you plan to leave since it can take some time to warm up the battery in colder weather. Note: Requires vehicle software version 2017.50 or above,” the company announced in a blog post.
Electrek has more details about the benefits of the new feature:
It should not only reduce range loss but also enable the full capacity of a few other features.
If the battery is too cold, the vehicle limits things like full power output, full regenerative braking capacity, and the top charge rate.
This new feature will give owners the option to fix that if the vehicle is plugged in.
While not a real game-changer by any means, it’s just one more exclusive feature that Tesla offers its drivers that competitors can’t really match.
Tesla Inc shares closed at $325.20 on Friday, down $6.46 (-1.95%). Year-to-date, TSLA has gained 52.18%, versus a 22.00% rise in the benchmark S&P 500 index during the same period.