Charging Instructions

Opening the Charge Port

The charge port is located above the driver's side rear wheel of Cybertruck.

With Cybertruck in Park and a valid key is detected, press and release the button on the Tesla charge cable to open the charge port door.

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You can also open the charge port door using any of these methods:

  • On the touchscreen, touch the charge port on the vehicle avatar and touch Open.
  • On the touchscreen, touch Controls > Charging > Open Charge Port.
  • Press the charge port door when Cybertruck is unlocked.
  • When the vehicle is locked with an authenticated key in range, you can also press the button on the charge cable to open the charge port door (see Keys).
  • Use voice commands. You can also use voice commands to close the charge port door, and begin or stop charging (see Voice Commands).
  • Use the mobile app.
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The Cybertruck icon lights up white when you open the charge port door (see Charge Port Light). If you do not insert a charge cable into the charge port within a few minutes after opening the charge port door, the charge port door closes. If this happens, open the charge port door again.

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In extremely cold weather or icy conditions, it is possible that your charge port latch may freeze in place. If this happens, you can thaw ice on the charge port latch by turning on the rear defrost or by enabling preconditioning using the mobile app. To prevent this from occurring, use the Schedule settings, available on both the charging and climate control screens, to set a departure time and enable preconditioning (see Schedule at this Location).
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CAUTION
Do not try to force the charge port door open.

During Charging

Tesla strongly recommends leaving Cybertruck plugged in when not in use. This maintains the Battery at the optimum level of charge.

During charging, the charge port light (the Cybertruck icon) pulses green, and the touchscreen displays real-time charging status. The frequency at which the green charge port light pulses slows down as the charge level approaches full. When charging is complete, the light stops pulsing and is solid green. If Cybertruck is locked, the charge port light does not light up. For more information, see Charge Port Light.

If the charge port light turns red while charging, there is an issue with charging. Check the touchscreen for an alert describing the issue. An issue can occur due to something as common as a power outage. If a power outage occurs, charging resumes automatically when power is restored.

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The thermal system may produce steam while Cybertruck charges. For example, odorless steam can come from the front of your vehicle while charging at a Supercharger in cold temperatures. This is normal and not a cause for concern. Likewise, it is normal to hear sounds during charging. Particularly at high currents, the refrigerant compressor and fan operate as needed to keep the Battery cool.
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Air conditioning performance is generally not affected by charging. However, in some circumstances (for example, charging at high currents during a particularly warm day), the air coming from the vents may not be as cool as expected and a message displays on the touchscreen. This is normal and ensures that the Battery stays within an optimal temperature range while charging to support longevity and optimum performance.
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Never spray liquid at a high velocity (for example, a pressure washer) towards the charge port while charging. Doing so can result in serious injury or damage to the vehicle, charging equipment, or property.
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Do not use third-party charging adapters with Cybertruck.
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Keep the cargo bed outlet cover closed when Cybertruck is charging, especially in wet weather. Charging may be disabled if moisture enters one of the outlets.

Charging Status

On the touchscreen, the charging status displays at the top of the vehicle status area when the charge port door is open.

  1. Charge limit: The set charge limit. The charge limit is the capacity at which Cybertruck will stop charging. To change the charge limit, touch Controls > Charging.
  2. Time remaining: The estimated time remaining to charge to your set limit. Or, if you are navigating to a destination, the estimated time remaining until you can continue your trip.
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    When charging to 100%, the Cybertruck may continue to charge with low power when charging is displayed as complete. This is expected. Because the added energy beyond this point is low, it is usually not beneficial to continue charging.
  3. Range: The total estimated driving distance or energy percentage (depending on your display setting) available.
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    To change how energy units are displayed, touch Controls > Display > Energy Display. You can also touch the driving distance or energy percentage on the touchscreen to switch between them.
  4. Charging: The amount of power currently being provided by the charger.
  5. Charging rate: The speed at which the vehicle is charging, shown in range gained per hour.
  6. Range gained: The estimated increase in driving distance achieved in the charging session.

Charge Port Light

Above the charge port, the charge port light shows charging status. The charge port light turns off after a short period of time if the vehicle is locked (for example, if you walk up to the vehicle after it has been charging for a while).

After you insert a charge cable into Cybertruck, wait a few seconds and confirm that the charge port light begins blinking green and that your vehicle is charging. If the light is amber or red, troubleshoot the issue before you leave to ensure a successful charging session.

WHITE: The charge port door is open. Cybertruck is ready to charge and the connector is not inserted, or the charge port latch is unlocked and the connector is ready to be removed.
BLUE, BLINKING: Cybertruck is communicating with the charger but has not started charging or providing power yet (such as when your vehicle is preparing to charge, or when your vehicle is preparing to provide power from the high voltage Battery).
BLUE: The charger is connected, but Cybertruck is not charging (such as when scheduled charging is active).
PURPLE, BLINKING: Cybertruck is providing power from the high voltage Battery. The frequency of blinking corresponds to the amount of power that Cybertruck is providing (more frequent blinks correspond to more power being provided). For more information, see Powershare Home Backup.
GREEN, BLINKING: Charging is in progress. As Cybertruck approaches a full charge, the frequency of the blinking slows.
GREEN, SOLID: Charging is complete.
AMBER, BLINKING: Cybertruck is charging at a reduced current because the connector is not fully plugged in.
AMBER, SOLID: Cybertruck is not charging because the connector is not fully plugged in. Realign the connector to the charge port and insert fully.
RED: A fault is detected and charging has stopped. Check the touchscreen for an alert. In some cases, an alert can be easily cleared by unplugging the charge cable, returning it to the charger, then trying again. In other cases (such as a tripped fuse or a faulty charger), you may need to check the power source. If the red light persists, try using a different charger.

Stopping Charging

Stop charging at any time by pressing the button on the charge cable to disconnect, or touch Stop Charging on the touchscreen or mobile app. To disconnect the charge cable:

  1. Ensure your vehicle is unlocked. To prevent unauthorized unplugging of the charge cable, the charge cable latch remains locked and Cybertruck must be unlocked before you can disconnect the charge cable.
  2. Press and hold the button on the connector handle to release the latch.
  3. Pull the connector from the charge port. The charge port door automatically closes.

To disconnect the charge cable when using an adapter at a public charge station:

  1. Unlock Cybertruck.
  2. While holding the public charging handle in one hand and the adapter in the other hand, press and hold the button on the public charging handle and pull both outwards, removing the handle and adapter at the same time.
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    If the charging station handle separates from the adapter, leaving the adapter in Cybertruck, use the touchscreen to unlock the charge port.
  3. Press and hold the button on the charging handle again to release the adapter from the public charging handle.

The charge port door closes automatically shortly after you remove the charge cable.

Charge Settings

Access charge settings by touching Controls > Charging when Cybertruck is in Park. You can also touch the Battery icon on the touchscreen to access charge settings.

  1. Energy available: Displays the remaining energy available in the high voltage Battery. To show the remaining energy as estimated driving distance (miles or kilometers) rather than a percentage, touch Controls > Display > Energy Display.
  2. Set charge limit: Adjust the charge slider to the level of charging you want. The setting you choose applies to immediate and scheduled charging sessions.
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    Refer to the information on the touchscreen (navigate to Controls > Charging) or mobile app (touch the Charging icon) for recommended daily and trip charging limits.
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    A portion of the Battery image may appear blue. This indicates that a small portion of the energy stored in the Battery is not available because the Battery is cold. This is normal and no reason for concern. When the Battery warms up, the blue portion no longer displays.

Open/Unlock Charge Port

When not charging, touch Open Charge Port or Unlock Charge Port to open the charge port door or to unlock the charge cable from the charge port.

Stop Charging

Use Stop Charging when you are finished charging.

Charge Current at this Location

The current automatically sets to the maximum current available from the attached charge cable, unless it was previously reduced to a lower level. If needed, touch - or + to change the current (for example, you may want to reduce the current if you are concerned about overloading a domestic wiring circuit shared by other equipment). It is not possible to set the charging current to a level that exceeds the maximum available from the attached charge cable. When you change the current, Cybertruck remembers the location.
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When charging with the Mobile Connector, your vehicle may automatically select a default charge current. Override this default current to a higher setting by customizing Charge Current at this location or through the mobile app.
If Cybertruck is charging and detects unexpected fluctuations in input power, the charging current is automatically reduced by 25%. For example, a 40 amp current is reduced to 30 amps. This automatic current reduction increases robustness and safety in situations when an external problem exists (for example, a home wiring system, receptacle, adapter or cord is unable to meet its rated current capacity). As a precaution, when Cybertruck automatically reduces current, it saves the reduced current at the charging location. Although you can manually increase it, Tesla recommends charging at the lower current until the underlying problem is resolved and the charging location can provide consistent power.

Supercharging

Displays Supercharger usage fees, the location, the time that charging started, and a cost estimate for the session. To reduce congestion at high-usage Supercharger sites, you may be limited to a maximum charge of 80% when not using Trip Planner (if available in your market region). See Supercharger Fees.

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Tesla does not recommend using low-power charging equipment (such as a 120V NEMA 5-15 outlet and the Universal Mobile Connector) to charge Cybertruck, especially in low ambient temperatures. Due to the size of the high voltage Battery, charging with equipment that produces less than 2 kW of power will charge Cybertruck very slowly. If you are charging Cybertruck with such a method, turn off climate to reduce idle power consumption while charging.

Schedule at this Location

Choose Off, Departure, or Charging. Think of Charging as "When do I want charging to start?" and Departure as "When do I want charging to be complete?"

When you select Charging, touch + or - to choose when you want charging to begin.

When you select Departure, touch Schedule to choose when you want charging to be complete. Touch Settings for additional options:

  • Preconditioning warms the Battery for improved performance and ensures a comfortable cabin climate at your set departure time.
  • Off-Peak Charging prioritizes charging the Battery during off-peak hours to reduce energy costs, while still ensuring that charging is complete before the scheduled departure time. Touch Change off-peak hours to choose when off-peak utility rates end. Choosing Off-Peak Charging can reduce energy costs even in market regions where off-peak utility rates are not applicable. For example, if charging starts as soon as you plug in, charging may complete much sooner. This causes the Battery to cool down to ambient temperatures and requires energy to warm it back up by your departure time. Therefore, even if off-peak utility rates are not applicable to you, it is recommended that you set Off-Peak Hours to the same time as your departure time in order to reduce energy consumption. Scheduled charging and scheduled departure can be used together, but only when Off-Peak Charging is not enabled.
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    If there is not enough time to reach the charge limit, charging starts immediately in order to charge as much as possible. Once charging has started and there is not enough time to complete charging during off-peak hours, charging continues until the charge limit is reached.

Scheduled charging or scheduled departure settings are automatically saved at each location.

Supercharger Fees

When charging at a Tesla Supercharger, information about the charging session displays at the bottom of the charging screen. This includes the location, the time that charging started, and a cost estimate for the session. When you stop Supercharging, the estimated cost of the session displays until a new Supercharging session begins.

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Estimated cost may not reflect the final cost of the Supercharging session. Final pricing for Supercharging sessions can be found in your Tesla account.

You are subject to additional fees after charging is complete or, at a busy Supercharger location, after your vehicle has reached the congestion limit. Superchargers are designed for fast charging, and these fees encourage drivers to move their vehicles when charging is complete.

Idle fees apply when half or more of the Superchargers at a site are occupied, and begin accruing when the vehicle reaches its charge limit. The Tesla mobile app notifies you when charging is almost complete, and again when charging is complete. Additional notifications are sent if idle fees are incurred. Idle fees are waived if you move your vehicle within five minutes of when charging completed.

The rate structure for each site, including whether idle fees apply, can be found on the site’s popup on the touchscreen (see Charging Locations) or in the Tesla mobile app.

Log into your Tesla account to view fees and details about Supercharger sessions, set up a payment method, and make payments. Once a payment method is saved, fees are automatically paid from your account.

Manually Releasing Charge Cable

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Use the release cable only in situations where you can not release the charge cable using the usual methods. Frequent use can damage the release cable or charging equipment.
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Do not perform this procedure when your vehicle is charging, or if any orange high voltage connectors are exposed. Failure to follow these instructions can result in electric shock and serious injury or damage to the vehicle. If you are uncertain as to how to safely perform this procedure, use the mobile app to schedule a service appointment.

If the usual methods for releasing a charge cable from the charge port (using the charge handle release button, touchscreen, or mobile app) do not work, carefully follow these steps:

  1. Ensure that Cybertruck is not actively charging by navigating to Controls > Charging on the touchscreen, or use the mobile app. If necessary, touch Stop Charging.
  2. Open the tailgate.
  3. Pull firmly on the edges of the panel on the left side of the bed to release the panel's clips and expose the release cable. The panel does not fully come off, but can be pulled just far enough to reach the cable.
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  4. Pull the release cable to unlatch the charge cable.
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    Do not pull the release cable while simultaneously attempting to remove the charge cable from the charge port. Always pull the release cable before attempting to remove the charge cable. Failure to follow these instructions can result in electric shock and serious injury.
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    The release cable may be recessed within the opening of the trim.
  5. Pull and release the charge cable from the charge port.
  6. Reinstall the panel, ensuring that the clips are fully engaged.

Charging Best Practices

  • Avoid allowing the Battery to get too low (the Battery icon turns yellow when the capacity remaining in the Battery drops to 20% or below).
  • Refer to the information on the vehicle touchscreen (navigate to Controls > Charging) or the mobile app (touch the Charging icon) for recommended daily and trip charging limits.
  • After you plug in your vehicle, confirm that the charge port light begins blinking green (indicating that Cybertruck is charging) before you walk away. If Cybertruck does not begin charging after a few seconds, the connector may not be fully inserted into the charge port, or there may be an issue preventing charging. Check the touchscreen for an alert with more information.
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    If the charge port light begins blinking amber, Cybertruck is charging at a reduced current. If the charge port light is solid blue, the charger is connected but the vehicle is not charging (such as when scheduled charging or scheduled departure is enabled). For more information, see Charge Port Light.
Fast charging tips:
  • Find fast chargers by filtering for three lightning bolts in the navigation search bar.
  • Navigate to fast chargers to allow for preconditioning of the high voltage Battery. An optimal Battery temperature can help speed up charging.
  • Typically, a lower state of charge results in faster charging.
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    It is your responsibility to monitor your vehicle's charge at all times. Do not wait until the vehicle is discharged to plug it in. Always ensure you have more than enough charge to safely get to a charger.
  • At Superchargers, leave some space between other vehicles, as neighboring stalls may share power.