How to Shift
When Model S is in Park, you must press the brake pedal to shift.
Move the drive stalk up or down to shift into different drive modes.
If you try to shift when it is prohibited by the current driving speed, a chime sounds and the drive mode does not change.
Push the drive stalk all the way up and release. You can only shift into Reverse when Model S is stopped or moving less than 8 km/h.
Neutral allows Model S to roll freely when you are not pressing the brake pedal:
- When in Park, shift into Neutral by briefly pushing the drive stalk either up or down to the first position.
- When in Drive, shift into Neutral by briefly pushing the drive stalk up to the first position. If Autosteer or Traffic-Aware Cruise Control (if equipped) is active, you must push the drive stalk up to the first position and hold it there for more than 1 second. In doing so, Autosteer or Traffic-Aware Cruise Control is disabled.
- When in Reverse, shift into Neutral by briefly pushing the drive stalk down to the first position.
If Model S is in Park and you use the touchscreen to release the parking brake ( ), Model S shifts into Neutral (see Parking Brake).
Push the drive stalk all the way down and release. You can shift into Drive when Model S is stopped or moving less than 8 km/h in Reverse.
Press the end of the drive stalk while Model S is stopped.
Model S automatically shifts into Park whenever you connect a charge cable or if two or more of the following conditions are met simultaneously while traveling slower than approximately 2 km/h:
- The driver's seat belt is unbuckled.
- The occupancy sensor in the driver's seat does not detect an occupant.
- The driver's door is opened.
To make it convenient to pick up passengers, you can also unlock all doors and/or extend the door handles at any time by shifting into Park then pressing the Park button a second time.