Tesla Model S Owners & Service Manuals

Tesla Model S: Rear Trunk

Opening

To open the rear trunk, ensure Model S is in Park, then do one of the following:

  • Touch Controls > Trunk on the touchscreen.
  • Double-click the rear trunk button on the key fob.
  • Touch the rear trunk button on the mobile app.
  • Press the switch located under the liftgate's exterior handle (a valid key must be detected).

CAUTION: Before opening the liftgate in an enclosed area (such as a garage), ensure the opening height of the liftgate is properly adjusted to avoid low-hanging ceilings or objects (see Adjusting Liftgate Opening Height).

Model S must be unlocked or detect a key before you can use the switch to open the liftgate.

Rear Trunk

The instrument panel informs you when a door or trunk is open.

To stop a liftgate while it is moving, single-click the rear trunk button on the key fob. Then, when you double- click the rear trunk button, it moves again, but in the opposite direction (provided it was not almost entirely open or closed when you stopped it). For example, if you single-click to stop the liftgate while opening, when you double-click, it closes.

NOTE: In emergency situations, you can override an open or close command by grasping the liftgate to stop it in place.

WARNING: Before opening or closing the liftgate, check the surrounding area (for people and objects). You must proactively monitor the liftgate to ensure that it does not come into contact with a person or object. Failure to do so may result in damage or injury.

Adjusting Liftgate Opening Height

You can adjust the opening height of the liftgate to make it easier to reach or to avoid low-hanging ceilings or objects (for example, a garage door or light):

1. Open the trunk, then manually lower or raise the liftgate to the desired opening height.

2. Press and hold the button on the underside of the liftgate for three seconds until you hear a confirmation chime.

Rear Trunk

3. Confirm that you have set it to the desired height by closing the liftgate, then reopening it.

CAUTION: Depending on configuration (such as suspension height or wheel selection), your vehicle's liftgate can open up to approximately 7.5 feet (2.3 meters) high. Adjust the liftgate height to prevent it from coming into contact with low ceilings or other objects.

Closing

To close the liftgate, do one of the following:

  • Touch Controls > Trunk.
  • Double-click the rear trunk button on the key fob.
  • Press the switch located on the underside of the liftgate

If the liftgate senses an obstruction when closing, it stops moving and chimes two times. Remove the obstruction and try closing it again.

If the liftgate loses its calibration when opened, the liftgate chimes three times and does not move. To restore calibration, manually pull the liftgate down to close it.

Accessing the Cargo Area

To access the cargo area inside the rear trunk, pull up the strap at the rear of the cargo cover. You can then fold the cargo cover forward or remove it from Model S.

Secure all cargo before moving Model S, and place heavy cargo in the upper trunk compartment.

Rear Trunk

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

CAUTION: Never load more than 176 lbs (80 kg) in the lower tub compartment of the rear trunk or more than 397 lbs (180 kg) on the upper floor. 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.

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