When you open a door, Tesla Model 3 powers on the
touchscreen and you can operate all controls.
To drive Model 3:
- PRESS THE BRAKE PEDAL – Model 3
powers on and is ready to drive.
- SELECT A GEAR – Move the gear lever all
the way down for Drive and all the way up
Note: If the PIN to Drive feature is enabled, you must
also enter a valid PIN on the touchscreen before
you can drive Model 3.
Note: If Passive Entry is off and you do not
press the brake pedal to start Model 3 within
approximately five minutes, a message
displays on the touchscreen and you must use
the key to lock then unlock Model 3 again
before starting the vehicle.
Everything you need to know when driving
Model 3 displays on the touchscreen.
Drive Disabled – Requires Authentication
If Model 3 does not detect a key when you
press the brake (an authenticated phone is not
detected, or 30 seconds has passed since you
used the key card), the touchscreen displays a
message telling you that driving requires
If you see this message, place the key card
behind the cup holders on the top of the
center console where the RFID transmitter can
read it. The 30 second authentication window
restarts and you can start Model 3 by pressing
the brake pedal.
A number of factors can affect whether Model
3 can detect an authenticated phone (for
example, the phone’s battery is low or dead
and is no longer able to communicate using
Always keep your authenticated phone and a
key card with you. After driving, your
authenticated phone or key card is needed to
restart Model 3 after it powers off. And when
you leave Model 3, you must bring your
authenticated phone or key card with you to
lock Model 3, either manually or automatically.
When you finish driving, shift into Park by
pressing the button on the end of the gear
selector. The parking brake automatically
engages and all systems keep operating.
When you leave Model 3 with your
authenticated phone and key card, it powers
off automatically, turning off the touchscreen.
Model 3 also powers off automatically after
being in Park for 15 minutes, even if you are
sitting in the driver’s seat.
Although usually not needed, you can power
off Model 3 while sitting in the driver’s seat,
provided the vehicle is not moving. Touch
Controls > Safety & Security > Power Off.
Model 3 automatically powers back on again if
you press the brake pedal or touch the
Note: Model 3 automatically shifts into Park
whenever it is determined that you are exiting
the vehicle, even when you shift into Neutral
before exiting. To keep Model 3 in Neutral, you
will need to activate Transport Mode