Rear Trunk

Opening

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

  • Touch Controls > Trunk 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 liftgate's exterior handle (a valid key must be detected).

Model S must be unlocked or detect a key before you can use the switch to open the liftgate.

Rear of vehicle with zoombox showing detail of the switch on the liftgate exterior handle

The instrument panel informs you when a door or trunk is open.

To stop a liftgate while it is moving, single-click the rear trunk button on the key fob. 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 liftgate while opening, when you double-click, it closes.

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Note
In emergency situations, you can override an open or close command by grasping the liftgate to stop it in place.
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Warning
Before opening or closing the liftgate, check the surrounding area (for people and objects). You must proactively monitor the liftgate to ensure that it does not come into contact with a person or object. Failure to do so may result in damage or injury.

Closing

To close the liftgate, do one of the following:

  • Touch Controls > Trunk.
  • Double-click the rear trunk button on the key fob.
  • Press the switch located on the underside of the liftgate (see Adjusting Liftgate Opening Height).

If the liftgate senses an obstruction when closing, it stops moving and chimes two times. Remove the obstruction and try closing it again.

If the liftgate loses its calibration when opened, the liftgate chimes three times and does not move. To restore calibration, manually pull the liftgate down to close it.

Adjusting Liftgate Opening Height

You can adjust the opening height of the liftgate 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 the liftgate to the desired opening height.
  2. Press and hold the button on the underside of the liftgate for three seconds until you hear a confirmation chime.
    A button on the underside of the liftgate with an image of a car with a its trunk open
  3. Confirm that you have set it to the desired height by closing the liftgate, then reopening it.

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 S.

Secure all cargo before moving Model S, and place heavy cargo in the upper trunk compartment.

Rear trunk with arrow pointing upwards from cargo cover strap

Distribute cargo weight between the front and rear trunks.

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CAUTION
Never load more than 175 lbs (80 kg) in the upper compartment of the rear trunk or more than 175 lbs (80 kg) in the lower compartment. Doing so can cause damage.