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Ahead of Pacific General & Electric’s plan to cut power in areas of Northern California to prevent wildfires, Tesla sent out an in-car alert to owners reminding them to charge their vehicles.
“A utility company in your area announced they may turn off power in some areas of Northern California beginning October 9 as part of public safety power shutoffs, which may affect power to charging stations,” the note said. “We recommend charging your Tesla to 100% today to ensure your drive remains uninterrupted.”
What’s more, Tesla said it will be installing Tesla Powerpacks in the areas that will be affected. Powerpack is a high-performance, infinitely scalable battery storage system for utility and commercial applications. Chief Executive Elon Musk tweeted that Supercharger stations in the area will be equipped with Powerpacks within weeks, pending permits.
Musk added that Tesla is working to install solar panels at all Supercharger sites, which would enable the stations to run 24/7 on sunlight.