Tesla Model S Owners & Service Manuals

Tesla Model S: Opening

To open the front trunk, ensure Model S is in Park, and then do one of the following before pulling the hood open:

  • Touch Controls > Frunk on the touchscreen.
  • Double-click the front trunk button on the key fob.
  • Touch the front trunk button in the mobile app.

Front Trunk

The instrument panel displays when a door, trunk, or liftgate is open.

WARNING: Before opening or closing the hood, it is important to check that the area around the hood is free of obstacles (people and objects). Failure to do so may result in damage or serious injury.

The cargo weight should be distributed as evenly as possible between the front and rear trunks.

CAUTION: Never load more than 110 lbs (50 kg) in the front trunk. Doing so can cause damage.

WARNING: When loading cargo, always consider the vehicle's Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) (see Vehicle Loading). The GVWR is the maximum allowable total mass of the vehicle including all passengers, fluids, and cargo.


The Model S hood is not heavy enough to latch under its own weight and applying pressure on the front edge or center of the hood can cause damage.

To properly close the hood:

1. Lower the hood until the striker touches the latches.

2. Place both hands on the front of the hood in the areas shown (in green), then press down firmly to engage the latches.

3. Carefully try to lift the front edge of the hood to ensure that it is fully closed.

Front Trunk

CAUTION: To prevent damage:

  • Apply pressure only to the green areas shown. Applying pressure to the red areas can cause damage.
  • Do not close the hood with one hand. Doing so applies concentrated force in one area and can result in a dent or crease.
  • Do not apply pressure to the front edge of the hood. Doing so can crease the edge.
  • Do not slam or drop the hood.
  • To avoid scratches, don't have anything in your hands (keys). Jewelry can also cause scratches.

WARNING: Before driving, you must ensure that the hood is securely latched in the fully closed position by carefully trying to lift the front edge of the hood upward and confirming there is no movement.

The front trunk locks when:

  • You lock Model S using the touchscreen, key or mobile app.
  • You leave Model S carrying your key.
  • Valet mode is active.


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