Shifting

Shift Using the Touchscreen

When you press the brake pedal when Cybertruck is parked, the drive mode strip displays on the driver's side of the touchscreen. Use the drive mode strip to shift Cybertruck: Swipe up for Drive, swipe down for Reverse, or press the drive mode strip for Park.

The touchscreen always shows which gear Cybertruck is in, but the drive mode strip is hidden when driving at highway speeds. To show the drive mode strip at any time, swipe right from the left edge of the touchscreen.

To shift into Park when driving below 5 mph (8 km/h), touch the drive mode strip while pressing the brake pedal. In emergency situations when driving above 5 mph (8 km/h), press and hold the gear strip to slowly bring the vehicle to a stop.

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To shift from Drive into Reverse or vice versa, the driving speed must be less than 5 mph (8 km/h).

The touchscreen is the preferred method to manually shift. However, in the unlikely situation in which the touchscreen is unavailable and therefore can't be used, the drive mode selector on the overhead console automatically activates and must be used to shift (see Shift Using the Overhead Console).

If you try to shift when it is prohibited by the current driving speed, the touchscreen displays an alert, a chime sounds, and the drive mode does not change.

Auto Shift out of Park

Auto Shift out of Park is a BETA feature and is disabled by default. When disabled, use the touchscreen or the overhead console to manually shift. To enable Auto Shift out of Park, touch Controls > Dynamics > Auto Shift out of Park.

When Auto Shift out of Park is enabled, Cybertruck is designed to automatically select Drive or Reverse. The touchscreen displays the selected drive mode when the driver's door is closed and seat belt is buckled.

To override the selection, press the brake pedal and use the drive mode strip on touchscreen to shift into your desired drive mode (Drive, Reverse, Park; see Shift Using the Touchscreen).

Confirm the drive mode selection and follow the instructions on the touchscreen before you press the accelerator.

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Warning
As always, be aware of your vehicle and surroundings before driving. Never rely on Cybertruck to automatically select a suitable drive mode without confirming the selection before you start to drive.

If Auto Shift out of Park is unavailable, the touchscreen displays a message.

Cybertruck automatically selects a drive mode when:

  • Auto Shift out of Park is enabled.
  • Cybertruck is in Park.
  • The driver's seat belt is fastened.
  • The brake pedal is pressed.
  • All doors and trunks are closed.
  • The drive mode selector on the overhead console is not activated (see Shift Using the Overhead Console).
  • The cameras are free of obstructions (see Cameras) and Cybertruck has enough input to make a selection.
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Note
Cybertruck does not automatically select drive modes in Valet Mode.

Shift Using the Overhead Console

In addition to manually shifting on the touchscreen, you can shift by pressing P, R, N or D located on the overhead console. In most situations, these buttons are not available until you press one of the buttons to activate it. When active, the LEDs associated with each button illuminate and when you select P, R, N or D, the associated LED illuminates.

In situations where the touchscreen is unavailable (for example, experiencing a technical issue), or Cybertruck is in Valet or Transport Mode, the drive mode selector on the overhead console illuminates automatically and there is no need to touch it.

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You can also activate the drive mode selector on the overhead console by simultaneously and briefly pressing both scroll buttons on the steering wheel. However, if you press and hold both buttons simultaneously, the drive mode selector activates and the touchscreen restarts (see Restarting the Touchscreen).
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The front trunk must be closed to shift using the overhead console.
Initials P, R, N and D on the center console with callouts
  1. Park
  2. Reverse
  3. Neutral
  4. Drive
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When the touchscreen is available for shifting and you have manually activated the drive mode selector on the overhead console, the overhead console automatically deactivates if you don't shift after a short amount of time.

Park

To manually shift into Park, press the brake pedal and touch the Park button on the touchscreen's drive mode strip. If the touchscreen is unavailable, press Park on the drive mode selector located on the overhead console.

Cybertruck automatically shifts into Park to prevent roll-away while driving in low speeds. This happens whenever you connect a charge cable, unbuckle your seat belt, or open the door while in Drive or Neutral. Ensure the charge cable is removed, buckle your seat belt, and close the door before shifting out of Park.

Attempting to engage the parking brake above 5 mph (8 km/h) will result in emergency braking (see Braking and Stopping).

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In emergency situations, if the brakes are not functioning properly, you can press and hold the Park button on the touchscreen's drive mode strip to apply the brakes and remove drive torque while the button is held. Do not use this method to stop the vehicle unless absolutely necessary.
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You must always press the brake pedal to shift out of Park.
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CAUTION
Cybertruck will not shift out of Park if a charge cable is plugged in, or if the charge port is unable to determine whether a charging cable is plugged in. In situations when Cybertruck does not shift out of Park, check the touchscreen for instructions on how to proceed.
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It is the driver's responsibility to always ensure the vehicle is in Park before exiting. Never rely on Cybertruck to automatically shift into Park for you.

Drive

To manually shift into Drive, swipe up on the drive mode strip located on the touchscreen or, if the touchscreen is unavailable, press D on the drive mode selector located on the overhead console. You can shift into Drive when Cybertruck is stopped or moving less than 5 mph (8 km/h) in Reverse.

Reverse

To manually shift into Reverse, swipe down on the drive mode strip located on the touchscreen or, if the touchscreen is unavailable, press R on the drive mode selector located on the overhead console. You can shift into Reverse when Cybertruck is stopped or moving less than 5 mph (8 km/h) in Drive.

Neutral

Neutral allows Cybertruck to roll freely when you are not pressing the brake pedal. To shift into Neutral, do any of the following:

  • Open Controls, then press and hold the Neutral icon on the drive mode strip until Cybertruck engages Neutral.
  • Choose Neutral from the drive mode selector on the overhead console.
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You must press the brake pedal to shift out of Neutral if Cybertruck is moving slower than approximately 5 mph (8 km/h).

Cybertruck automatically shifts into Park when you open the driver's door to exit the vehicle unless the vehicle is in certain modes such as Transport or Car Wash Mode which allows the vehicle to stay in Neutral even when you leave.

Keeping Your Vehicle in Neutral (Transport Mode)

To keep Cybertruck in Neutral when you exit, allowing it to roll freely (for example, pulling onto a flatbed truck), you must activate Transport mode:

  1. Shift into Park.
  2. Press the brake pedal.
  3. Touch Controls > Service > Towing. The touchscreen displays a message reminding you how to properly transport Cybertruck.
  4. Press the Transport Mode. It turns blue to show that Cybertruck is now in Transport Mode. Cybertruck is now free-rolling and can slowly be rolled (no faster than walking speed) for short distances or winched (for example, onto a flatbed truck).

For more information on Transport Mode, see Activate Transport Mode.

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In Transport mode, Cybertruck does not shift into a drive mode. You must first cancel Transport mode by touching Transport Mode again. Transport mode also cancels if you use the touchscreen or drive mode selector on the overhead console to shift into Park or if you manually apply the parking brake by touching Controls > Safety > Parking Brake.