Starting and Powering Off
When you open a door to enter Model S, the instrument panel and touchscreen power on and you can operate all controls. To shift Model S, press the brake pedal and swipe up for Drive or down for Reverse on the touchscreen's drive mode strip (see Shifting).
If Auto Shift out of Park is enabled, Model S automatically selects Drive or Reverse based on inputs from various sensors. Pressing the brake pedal shifts the vehicle into the selected drive mode displayed on the instrument panel (provided the driver's door is closed and the driver's seat belt is buckled), and pressing the accelerator moves the vehicle in that direction (see Auto Shift out of Park).
Before accelerating when Auto Shift out of Park is enabled, check the instrument panel to make sure that Model S has shifted into the drive mode you want (Drive or Reverse). If the selection is not correct, or if Auto Shift out of Park is not enabled, swipe up for Drive or down for Reverse on the touchscreen's drive mode strip to choose a new drive mode. See Shifting.
Everything you need to know when driving Model S displays on the instrument panel.
Drive Disabled - Requires Authentication
If Model S does not detect a key when you press the brake (a key fob or phone key is not detected or two minutes have passed since you used the key card), the touchscreen displays a message telling you that driving requires authentication.
If you see this message, place the key card in either phone dock where the RFID transmitter can read it. The two-minute authentication period restarts and you can start Model S by pressing the brake pedal.
A number of factors can affect whether Model S can detect a phone key or key fob (for example, the device's battery is low or dead and is no longer able to communicate using Bluetooth).
Always keep your phone key, key fob, or a key card with you. After driving, your key is needed to restart Model S after it powers off. And when you leave Model S, you must bring your key with you to lock Model S, either manually or automatically.
When you finish driving, simply exit the vehicle. When you leave Model S with your phone key and key fob, it powers off automatically, turning off the instrument panel and touchscreen.
Model S also powers off automatically after being in Park for 30 minutes, even if you are sitting in the driver’s seat.
Although usually not needed, you can power off Model S while sitting in the driver’s seat, provided the vehicle is not moving. Touch . Model S automatically powers back on again if you press the brake pedal or touch the touchscreen.
Power Cycling the Vehicle
- Shift into Park.
- On the touchscreen, touch .
- Wait for at least two minutes without interacting with the vehicle. Do not open the doors, touch the brake pedal, touch the touchscreen, etc.
- After two minutes, press the brake pedal or open the door to wake the vehicle.