Shift Using the Touchscreen
When you press the brake pedal when parked, the drive mode strip displays on one side of the touchscreen. Use the drive mode strip to shift Model 3: swipe up for Drive, swipe down for Reverse or touch the P for Park or N for Neutral. Swipe from the edge of the touchscreen towards the passenger to bring up the drive mode strip.
The touchscreen's drive mode strip displays Park and Neutral at all times. To shift into Park when driving below 8 km/h, touch the button on the drive mode strip while pressing the brake pedal. In emergency situations when driving above 8 km/h, press and hold the Park button to engage the parking brake.
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 .
When Auto Shift out of Park is enabled, Model 3 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.
If Auto Shift out of Park is unavailable, the touchscreen displays a message.
Model 3 automatically selects a drive mode when:
- Auto Shift out of Park is enabled.
- Model 3 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).
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 amber.
In situations where the touchscreen is unavailable (for example, experiencing a technical issue), or Model 3 is in Valet or Transport Mode, the drive mode selector on the overhead console activates automatically and there is no need to touch it.
Model 3 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 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.
Attempting to engage the parking brake above 8 km/h will result in emergency braking (see Emergency Braking).
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 Model 3 is stopped or moving less than 8 km/h in 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 Model 3 is stopped or moving less than 8 km/h in Drive. You can manually close the park assist view on the touchscreen by touching the X in the upper corner.
Neutral allows Model 3 to roll freely when you are not pressing the brake pedal. To shift into Neutral, do any of the following:
- Swipe from the edge of the touchscreen towards the passenger to bring up the drive mode strip and press Neutral.
- Choose Neutral from the drive mode selector on the overhead console.
Model 3 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)
Model 3 automatically shifts into Park whenever you finish driving and leave Model 3. To keep Model 3 in Neutral when you exit, allowing it to roll freely (for example, pulling onto a flatbed truck), you must activate Transport mode:
- Shift into Park.
- Press the brake pedal.
- Touch Model 3. . The touchscreen displays a message reminding you how to properly transport
- Press and hold the Transport Mode button until it turns blue. Model 3 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.