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.
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.