Rear Trunk

Opening

To open the rear trunk, ensure Model 3 is in Park, then do one of the following:

  • Touch the associated Open button 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 rear trunk's exterior handle (a valid key must be detected).
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CAUTION
Before opening the rear trunk in an enclosed area (such as a garage), ensure the opening height of the rear trunk is properly adjusted to avoid low-hanging ceilings or objects (see Adjusting Opening Height of Powered Trunk).

Model 3 must be unlocked or detect a key before you can use the switch to open the rear trunk.

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When a door or trunk is open, the touchscreen displays the Door Open indicator light. The image of your Model 3 on the touchscreen also displays the open trunk.

You can stop a powered trunk (if equipped) while it is moving by single-clicking the rear trunk button on the key fob accessory. 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 powered trunk while it is opening, when you double-click, it closes.

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Note
In emergency situations, you can override the open or close command for the powered trunk (if equipped) by grabbing hold and stopping it.
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Warning
Before opening or closing the powered trunk (if equipped), it is important to check that the surrounding area is free of obstacles (people and objects). You must proactively monitor the trunk to ensure that it does not come into contact with a person or object. Failure to do so may result in damage or serious injury.

To open the rear trunk from inside the vehicle in the unlikely situation that Model 3 has no power, see Interior Emergency Trunk Release.

Adjusting Opening Height of Powered Trunk

You can adjust the opening height of the powered trunk (if equipped) 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 it to the desired opening height.
  2. Press and hold the button on the underside of the trunk for three seconds until you hear a confirmation chime.
  3. Confirm that you have set it to the desired height by closing the powered trunk, then reopening it.
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CAUTION
Depending on configuration (such as wheel selection), your vehicle's rear trunk can open up to approximately 6.5 feet (2 meters). Adjust the rear trunk height to prevent it from coming into contact with low ceilings or other objects.

Closing

To close the powered trunk (if equipped), do one of the following:

  • Touch the associated Close button on the touchscreen.
  • Press the switch located by the rear trunk's exterior handle.
  • Double-click the rear trunk button on the key fob.

If the powered trunk senses an obstruction when closing, it stops moving and sounds two chimes. Remove the obstruction and try closing it again.

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Warning
Before driving, ensure that the trunk is securely latched in the fully-closed position by lifting up on the bottom edge and confirming there is no movement.

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 3.

Secure all cargo before moving Model 3, and place heavy cargo in the lower trunk compartment.

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

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CAUTION
Never load more than 88 lbs (40 kg) in the lower tub compartment of the rear trunk or more than 287 lbs (130 kg) on the upper floor. Doing so can cause damage.
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Warning
When loading cargo, always consider the vehicle's Technically Permissible Maximum Laden Mass (TPMLM) (see Vehicle Loading). The TPMLM is the maximum allowable total mass of the vehicle including all passengers, fluids, and cargo.

Interior Emergency Trunk Release

An illuminated mechanical release located inside the rear trunk allows you to open the rear trunk from the inside if Model 3 has no electrical power. This mechanical release also allows a person locked inside to get out.

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  1. Firmly push the illuminated button in the direction of the arrow to release the latch.
  2. Push the rear trunk open.
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Note
The button glows for several hours after a brief exposure to ambient light.
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Warning
Do not allow children to play inside the trunk or become locked inside. An unrestrained child could suffer serious injury or death in a crash. A child could suffer heat exhaustion if trapped in the vehicle, especially without climate control on.