Tesla Update 2023.38 Shows Predicted Supercharger Wait Time and Number of Cars En Route

By Kevin Armstrong
Tesla will now predict Supercharger availability
Tesla will now predict Supercharger availability

Tesla has now released update 2023.38 to roughly half of its fleet. Now that the update is in the wild, a couple additional enhancements have been spotted that are only available in certain regions.

Predictive Charger Availability

Tesla has continually improved Supercharger information in the vehicle. In the past couple years they've added the ability to view the number of chargers available at site Supercharger location, as well the number of stalls that are out of order. They also show how busy the Supercharger is at various points throughout the day.

If you thought live data was the best Tesla could do, they have a surprise in store in update 2023.38. If you're navigating to a Supercharger, Tesla will now predict how many Supercharger stalls will be available at your arrival, and display the predicted wait time, if any.

Tesla says they will factor in your travel time to the Supercharger, as well as other Tesla vehicles' travel times, to predict the charger's availability when you arrive.

Tesla continues to open up Supercharger to other electric vehicles, and while the number of non-Teslas charging at Superchargers may be a small percentage right now, that number is expected to increase as more manufacturers adopt Tesla's charging port. It'll be interesting to see how well Tesla can predict Supercharger availability when they may not be aware of all vehicles routing to each charger.

This feature is currently limited to the U.S., but is likely to expand to other regions as Tesla gathers more data and determines its accuracy.

Updated Hazard Lights Pattern

We recently talked about Tesla's upcoming update to hazard lights. It looks like Tesla will use the updated light pattern, which flashes up to about three times quicker, if the vehicle is involved in an accident.

When Tesla officially announced the feature on X, it wasn't clear which update the feature would feature the updated feature, but it has now been spotted in update 2023.38. The updated light pattern is currently only be available in select countries, including the U.S. It appears to not be available in most of Europe at this time, but that may change in a future update.

Vampire Survivors: Multiplayer Gaming

Update 2023.38 also brings other features, such as an update to Vampure Survivors. Just in time for Halloween, Tesla owners and their passengers can team up in a co-op mode, mowing down hordes of the undead. The gameplay allows up to four passengers to participate, turning your vehicle into a virtual battleground against zombies. This feature, however, has its prerequisites.

It requires MCU 3, making it exclusive to the recent Model S/X and 3/Y models. For those ready to dive into this electrifying experience, shift the Tesla into Park (P), navigate to the Tesla Arcade, and then choose Vampire Survivors. Remember, each player needs their own controller, which can now be wired or Bluetooth.

Location Sharing: Enhanced Transparency

Update 2023.38 also notifies drivers if they are being crept on, known as location sharing. A new icon now appears at the top of the touchscreen when any app — including the official Tesla app — requests live location data from your vehicle.

This icon will also show up if future third-party services have access to your vehicle's location.

Windows Adjustment

Tesla also introduces a practical modification that could prevent window or door damage during a vehicle update. We know that the window goes down just a little bit when the door opens and closes because of the distinct frameless door design. However, the windows can not adjust during software updates, increasing the chances of window damage. This update brings down the windows just a little bit to facilitate door opening and closing. Once the update concludes, the windows revert to their former position.

With every update, Tesla gets just a little bit better. We are just a few months away from the epic Christmas update. The countdown is on!

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Tesla Will Accelerate the Release of Its Next-Gen Model, While the Robotaxi Takes a Backseat

By Cláudio Afonso

Today, Tesla published its 2024 Q1 report, showing revenue of $21.3 billion, 9 percent lower than the same period last year and a total GAAP gross margin of 17.4%, down 19.1% in Q1 2023.

The company teased its upcoming Robotaxi and its next-generation platform saying its “purpose-built Robotaxi product will continue to pursue a revolutionary ‘unboxed’ manufacturing strategy”.

Tesla mentioned that it suffered “numerous challenges“ during the first quarter including the Red Sea conflict and the arson attack on its GigaFactory in Berlin and the ramp-up of the updated Model 3. Earlier today Tesla officially announced its new Model 3 Performance model.

Accelerating the Launch of its Next-Gen Model

The company said it will accelerate the launch of new models including its upcoming “$25k,” next-gen vehicle. Tesla stated:

“We have updated our future vehicle line-up to accelerate the launch of new models ahead of our previously communicated start of production in the second half of 2025. These new vehicles, including more affordable models, will utilize aspects of the next generation platform as well as aspects of our current platforms, and will be able to be produced on the same manufacturing lines as our current vehicle line-up.”

When it comes to layoffs, Tesla says it undertook “a cost-cutting exercise to increase operational efficiency” adding it is “focused on profitable growth” by “leveraging existing factories and production lines to introduce new and more affordable products”.

The automaker reaffirmed its focus on autonomous driving with the recent price cuts on the purchase and subscription of its FSD software in the US and Canada.

“The future is not only electric, but also autonomous. We believe scaled autonomy is only possible with data from millions of vehicles and an immense AI training cluster. We have, and continue to expand, both. To make FSD (Supervised) 5 more accessible, we reduced the price of subscription to $99/month and the purchase price to $8,000 in the US.”


Tesla also revealed that its Robotaxi will now differ from its next-gen vehicle. Although Tesla will follow more traditional processes for producing its more affordable vehicle, Tesla says the Robotaxi will still follow the new, more efficient, “unboxing” manufacturing strategy. This comes just days after Musk said the Robotaxi will essentially be its next-gen model without a steering wheel.

Tesla’s quarter-end cash, cash equivalents and investments were $26.9 billion.

Earlier today, Tesla launched officially the highly expected Model 3 Performance with deliveries starting in May. The new version starts at $45,490 (after applying the $7,500 Federal EV tax credit).

In recent weeks, the company has been reducing prices in its primary markets, including China and the United States. The initiative followed the recent introduction of lower and even 0% interest financing programs in certain markets.

At the time of this writing, Tesla stock is currently trading 7 percent higher at $145 per share.

Tesla Officially Launches the New Model 3 Performance, Deliveries Start Next Month

By Cláudio Afonso

Today, a few hours before releasing their first quarter financial results, Tesla launched the highly anticipated Model 3 Performance. The new version starts at $45,490 (after applying the $7,500 Federal EV tax credit) and deliveries are scheduled to start in May.

With 510 horsepower and a top speed of 163 mph, the new Performance variant brings an improved sound system, a re-designed interior featuring more comfortable rear seats with some features coming directly from the recently revamped Model 3. Tesla also says that the new Performance model has “significantly less” road and wind noise thanks to the rear spoiler and changes to the front bumper.

“The front and rear fascias, rear diffuser and carbon fiber spoiler work together to help reduce drag and improve lift balance at high speeds”

Tesla’s most powerful Model 3 ever is now cheaper than the Model 3 Long Range after the federal tax credit. The Model 3 Performance model is the only Model 3 variant that is eligible for the government incentive.


The new Performance model comes with 20
The new Performance model comes with 20

While the new Performance model is largely based on the recently revamped Model 3, while including design changes to the front and rear diffuser, as well as the addition of a rear spoiler. In terms of performance, the model announced today offers a 22% increase in continuous power, a 32% increase in peak power, and an additional 16% of peak torque. The Performance model now has 500 hp and includes a “performance” motor that’s unique to the Performance model.

The new Model 3 Performance is capable of going 0 to 60 in 2.9 seconds, 0.2 seconds faster than the previous incarnation. It didn’t take long for Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk to comment on X stating that the Model 3 Performance is “quicker than a Porsche 911.”

Specs of the new Tesla Model 3 Performance
Specs of the new Tesla Model 3 Performance

Track Mode V3

The new Model 3 Performance is equipped with an updated Track Mode, v3, that features an all-new calibration for the powertrain and adaptive suspension.

Tesla's Track Mode V3
Tesla's Track Mode V3


The Model 3 Performance has an EPA range of 296 miles (476km) on a single charge, an increase of 10 miles (16km) when compared to the previous version while being slightly lower than the Long Range variant.

Rear Display

As seen in the revamped version of the Model 3, Tesla is also bringing the rear 8” touchscreen with climate controls, Bluetooth connectivity and entertainment for the rear passengers. With Tesla update 2024.14, Tesla is improving the rear screen by adding trip information, time and temperature information to the top of the display.

Exterior view of the new Tesla Model 3 Performance
Exterior view of the new Tesla Model 3 Performance

All-new Adaptive Suspension

According to Tesla, the new adaptive dampening system adjusts to driver and road input in real-time. While the new Model 3 already included suspension improvements over the previous generation, the Performance model takes it one step further.

New Seats

The new model includes the new Sport Seats that we’ve seen in spy shots before. Although the new model is officially named “Performance,” the sport seats feature the Ludicrous badge. The seats include improved side and cushion bolsters to help keep you in an ideal driving position

The new Sport seats feature the Ludicrous badge
The new Sport seats feature the Ludicrous badge


The model just went up for sale a few hours ago, but orders placed minutes after the launch show an estimated delivery of May/June 2024 in the United States. In Canada, where the Model 3 Performance starts at CA $69,990, the estimated delivery is currently slated for June/July.

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