Firmware update V1.15.8

Firmware update V1.15.8

Haven't updated yet, but here are the release notes received by email. Would appreciate hearing from anyone who has updated on any noticeable differences in the digital instrument panel or "quality of the drive experience".


A new software update will be available in the coming days. The onboard notification will guide you through the installation. If you would like to review the process, instructions are available at the end of this email.

After installation, Model S will feature improved performance of the digital instrument panel, as well as components to facilitate access of our Supercharger network.

Even if you do not anticipate using our Supercharger network in the near future, we encourage you to perform the update, as the integrated functional improvements will contribute to the overall quality of your drive experience.

Tesla Supercharger Network
"Tesla's Supercharger network is a game changer for electric vehicles, providing long distance travel that has a level of convenience equivalent to gasoline cars for all practical purposes."
Elon Musk, Tesla Motors co-founder and CEO
Tesla Superchargers will be placed along well-traveled routes in North America. Six stations are currently available in California, and we'll be expanding to over 100 stations by 2013.

Superchargers are designed to give road trippers half a charge in about half an hour. That's 150 miles of range with our 85 kWh battery. In addition to being convenient to your route, locations have been chosen adjacent to roadside diners, cafes, and shopping centers. So pull in, plug in, and grab a bite to eat. Model S will be ready when you get back.
Supercharger Components
There are three components necessary to enjoy the benefits of the Supercharger network: hardware, software, and service.
• Hardware is comprised of cables and a junction box that bypass the onboard charger and route DC energy directly to the Model S battery. The Model S charge port will accommodate the Supercharger connector. No additional equipment is necessary.
• Software monitors and manages the source power, communicates with the vehicle firmware, and provides a user interface that helps you gauge the vehicle's state of charge. When using a Supercharger, you'll refer to the familiar Charging window, and simply see a higher rating for volts and amps.
• Service supplies the energy generated at the Supercharger locations. In many instances, the energy you'll use to charge your Model S will come directly from the sun!
With this software update, we'll enable access and you'll be able to enjoy free, unlimited use of the Tesla Supercharger network.

Dripps | October 21, 2012

This update seems to have broken my ability to connect via Bluetooth. I did have 2 iPhones paired.

mrspaghetti | October 21, 2012

Hm, I sure hope they're regression testing...

ScottM | October 21, 2012

@Dripps; Bluetooth still working fine for me after the upgrade and I also had two phones paired.

Other than the Supercharger capability addition, I haven't noticed anything different after the update, so assume was mostly bug fixes (and hopefully not to many bug additions for some!)

rwang | October 21, 2012

Anyone know if they ship the latest update upon delivery?

Volker.Berlin | October 22, 2012

rwang, from the delivery reports here in the forum, I get the impression that they ship Model S with an outdated SW version that is routinely updated during the first night in its new home. Of course that may change when they start delivering cars by the hundreds rather than one or two per day as is the case now. On the other hand, it's very similar to the mobile phone experience -- once you unboxed your new smart phone, usually you are going to run a software update first.

mrspaghetti | October 22, 2012


Did you try re-pairing the phones?

Dripps | October 22, 2012

@tesla.mrspaghet Yes, tried removing and repairing but this is not possible. The screen I see says something like, "please wait while bluetooth is trying to connect". I see this screen all the time when going to bluetooth and there is no cancel or stop trying. The screen never changes.

timdorr | October 22, 2012

Try reseting the system by holding down both scroll wheel buttons for 10-15 seconds. That kind of "reboot" might restart the bluetooth stack and fix your issue.

BYT | October 22, 2012

Also make sure you complete the whole pairing process from the Model S' 17" screen and NOT from the device you are trying to pair up. There have been issues reported when you try to pair that way.

bgoodwin | October 22, 2012

I had the please wait while reconnect message on *1.9.11* ... reboot didn't clear it. Checking back 20 minutes later did clear it. I've let tesla know about the issue (and gave them a "screenshot")

Michael S | October 25, 2012

Wait till reconnect was fixed on mine using the two button reset, as well.

kk | October 27, 2012

I was hoping that the software update would add something to the navigation app that helps locate the supercharging stations, but I don't think it did. Planning a long distance trip up to Northern California without the help of my onboard nav system.....

dahtye | October 27, 2012

I picked up my car this morning.
When Lauren (our delivery specialist) had difficulty pairing a second phone. The new s/w was downloaded recently to my car prior to delivery. To get it to pair, she asked my wife to turn off BlueTooth on her iPhone 5, then set the car to connect, then turn on bluetooth on the phone. It worked.