With dry weather and windy conditions, California’s Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) utility is planning a mass power outage to prevent electricity lines from starting wildfires. That could be bad news for electric vehicle owners, but it’s okay. Tesla has your back.
The company is being proactive. The company has issued an in-car alert warning owners to charge their vehicles fully ahead of the outage. Tesla is also activating the ‘Storm Watch’ feature on its PowerWall to store excess electricity before the lights go out. So Tesla has your back.
Tesla owners don’t usually charge their vehicles to 100 percent daily in order to improve the longevity of their battery packs. But doing this will help extend the range during the power outage. Tesla acted fast in this situation to use its onboard information system to alert all owners in the impacted areas. The company took similar action during hurricanes.
The power outages likely won’t have very much of an impact on Tesla owners. For most of them, a full charge will last a few days, but the fact that Tesla is thinking ahead is great for their customers. And a good example for other EV manufacturers. Plus it is just good business all around.