Musk Responds to Reveal of Tesla P100D, “Hacking is a gift”

In a companion post, we reported that renowned Tesla hacker Jason Hughes has revealed that a P100D is in the works. He found the graphic for it buried within his Model S firmware, but kept quiet until he felt the announcement by Tesla of a new 100 kWh battery was imminent. Through a tweet to Elon Musk, Hughes posted an encrypted message that would reveal the company’s secret for an upcoming P100D.

That’s when things got weird. Tesla attempted to remotely access his vehicle and delete a pending firmware update from his vehicle, according to Hughes. “Tesla has taken an offensive position since and has attempted to remotely remove the firmware from my car and downgrade me to 2.12.45, two versions back, which I caught and prevented just in time” he tells us.

This unexplained action by Tesla prompted Hughes to take to Twitter once again and address it with Musk directly. Musk replied. He remarked that the firmware downgrade wasn’t a result of his request, but perhaps the bigger surprise was Musk’s compliments of Hughes hacking ability – “Good hacking is a gift”.

The response from Musk has Jason mollified for the moment. He tells Teslarati, “Yeah, seems I’ve gotten Musk’s attention on the matter. That’s enough of a truce for me for the time being on it to give them a chance to sort things out. Long story short, Tesla really should watch what they put into production firmware if they don’t want details about it posted. I’m not the only person with access to their car’s internals, and under no real obligation to keep anything I find secret on Tesla’s behalf. If I keep it secret, nothing is to say someone else won’t in the future.”

Hughes tells us that his discovery of the P100D also revealed several other upcoming features that Tesla has in the works. We’ll be sure to report back once we learn more about other goodies Tesla may have in store for the future.

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  • Levon

    Some people are just so smart..

  • Dr.Nel

    I want to upgrade my p85d ASAP.

  • Dr.Nel

    I want to upgrade my p85d ASAP.

  • Freepat 75014

    Questions are : What weight ? What battery cell techno ? Then what price ?
    The Model X with P90D is already above 2.65 Tons. If same cell techno, increasing to 100KWH could take it closer to 3 Tons non-sense. So a new lighter Battery cell techno would be more than welcome here…. Then Current Model X P90D with all options already passed $150K hard stop limit for me, so a same price replacement vs P90D would be greatly appreciated here, otherwize a lot of people will just wait for Tesla to lower their prices….

  • John Murdoch

    They have to do something to keep the people with money buying the expensive versions. (no I’m not raging against 1%ers) If you can get a 200 mile 35,000 car, then the 100,000 car should get 300. Fair enuf. By the way, they estimated 5 % growth on range per year for a while anyways, 100KW isn’t that far out of that ballpark.

  • MikeMayhem

    Everyone is excited over the 100kw battery……. Give it 5 years, I’m sure Tesla will have gotten up to 120kw by then. I love my p85d and even 100kw battery would make it better…. However, I am managing quite well on the 85….

  • MikeMayhem

    Everyone is excited over the 100kw battery……. Give it 5 years, I’m sure Tesla will have gotten up to 120kw by then. I love my p85d and even 100kw battery would make it better…. However, I am managing quite well on the 85….

  • smelltheglove

    No doubt once we have a 10,000 kWh battery and people no longer have to stop and charge their cars, my state will sell fewer cigarettes and lottery tickets, therefore bankrupting the government and destroying our public education system.

    It’s Obama’s fault.