Video: Accessing Tesla Model S “Hidden Menus”


We don’t suggest you tinker around here, but the folks at DragTimes have put up a video showing how to gain access into the Tesla Model S’ so-called “hidden menus.”

What's the Code?  We Sure Don't Know

What’s the Code? We Sure Don’t Know

There seems to be some useful info contained within these menus, including current status of the Model S’ battery management, charging and cooling systems.

Additionally, there are sliders for setting a top speed limiter and derating torque.

Some other features found in the “hidden menus” include blind-spot detection, adaptive cruise control and lane departure warning systems, none of which are currently offered in the Model S.

Accessing these “hidden menus” requires a code, which we don’t know and neither do the folks at DragTimes.  Or so they say.

But the video here shows all that’s hidden behind the Model S’ monstrous touchscreen.

Which hidden features stand out to you?

via DragTimes

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“Which hidden features stand out to you?”

The mere presence of all of them considering that other EVs from major established manufacturers do not seem to have any diagnostics capabilities on their “fancy” LCD screens. The heating/cooling screen is specifically impressive indicating intake and outlet temperatures and pressures.

My largest pet peeve is the Volt (notice the name) not having a single indicator for voltage anywhere in the system, including the high-voltage battery, auxiliary battery, motors, or even line-in supply voltage when charging (ok, it does identify if it is 120V or 240V, but it does not actually measure it). Even the plain vanilla Chevy Cruze, which is constantly compared to the Volt, does have a 12V battery voltage screen standard in the instrument cluster monochrome LCD matrix display.

It really appears the Volts overall design was geared toward the masses and keeping it simple like a normal car. It was not meant to be a early adopter geek car. That stuff can really intimidate a lot of folks. KISS approached was used. Based on what users we see on gm-volt forum it seems like there has been a transition from early adopter geeks to more normal folks in the past year or so.

I have to disagree. I don’t own a Volt, but have been in one several times. I would not say that the infotainment/UI system really follows KISS. I would actually say the Tesla interface is much more user friendly, not factoring in the behind the scenes/service menus shown in this video.

I was referring to the fact there is a normal shifter with Drive like a standard car. On the main DIC (driver info center) there is a very accurate battery display with EV *miles* and a gas pump with gas *miles* and total *miles* of the two. That interface is straight forward and not intimidating at all because it is normal to the masses. Hope that helps explain.

Isn’t the Chevy Cruze also geared toward the masses? Haven’t cars/trucks including GMs historically had a battery voltage meter or an amp meter showing battery charging discharging? How about the coolant temperature? The Volt has what, 4 separate coolant loops?

Yeah, its nice that finally someone else is talking about this, plus the heater controls lock up all the time, plus, in my 2011, you can’t change anything, like when the engine starts (except by fooling it), and it gets stuck all the time in the snow because there’s no way in the 2011 to disable the traction control.

Allthose silly screens actually give you almost no information. But i’m still glad I bought one if only for the decently sized battery.

One thing not found in this video is any advanced tracking of energy usage, breaking it down by subsystems, maybe tracking total use by trip. The energy usage screen was one of the most useful for me learning my LEAF, and its sensitivities, when I first started driving it.

Drag Times made a mock up video from screen shots that were posted on They didn’t show how to get in or what the code was or video of the actual hidden screens, they were all still shots stolen from another site. The code is more than likely a rolling code that changes every minute/hour/day so it cannot be guessed without the proper fob, similar to SecureID.

Nice catch. Are these the very old (6+ months) TMC pictures on the hidden menus? Or are they more recent, as even these menus could have changed with software updates?