Tesla Model S Owners & Service Manuals

Tesla Model S: Interior Emergency Release

An illuminated interior release button inside the front trunk allows a person locked inside to get out.

Front Trunk

Press the interior release button to open the front trunk, then push up on the hood.

NOTE: The interior release button glows following a brief exposure to ambient light.

WARNING: People should never climb inside the front trunk. Never shut the front trunk when a person is inside.

WARNING: Care should be taken to ensure that objects inside the front trunk do not bump against the release button, causing the hood to accidentally open.

Opening Hood with No Power

In the unlikely event that Model S has no low voltage power, you will be unable to open the front trunk using the touchscreen, key fob, or mobile app. To open the front trunk in this situation:

NOTE: The following steps do not open the front trunk if Model S is locked and has low voltage power.

1. Locate an external low voltage power supply (such as a portable jump starter).

2. Release the tow eye cover by pressing firmly on the top right perimeter of the cover until it pivots inward, then gently pulling the raised section toward you.

Front Trunk

3. Pull the two wires out of the tow eye opening to expose both terminals.

Front Trunk

4. Connect the low voltage power supply's red positive (+) cable to the red positive (+) terminal.

5. Connect the low voltage power supply's black negative (-) cable to the black negative (-) terminal.

Front Trunk

NOTE: Applying external low voltage power to these terminals only releases the hood latches. You cannot charge the low voltage battery using these terminals.

6. Turn on the external power supply (refer to the manufacturer's instructions). The hood latches are immediately released and you can now open the hood to access the front trunk area.

7. Disconnect both cables, beginning with the black negative (-) cable.

8. If pulling the vehicle onto a flatbed truck, do not replace the tow eye cover yet. If necessary, install the tow eye cover by inserting the wires into the tow eye opening and aligning the tow eye cover into position and snapping it into place.

Front Trunk

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