How to shift gears on Model Y

Shifting Gears

When Tesla Model Y is in Park, you must press the brake
to shift to another gear.
Move the drive stalk up or down to change gears.

If you try to shift into a gear that the current driving
speed prohibits, a chime sounds and the gear does not
change.

Reverse

Push the drive stalk all the way up and release. You can
only shift into Reverse when Model Y is stopped or
moving less than 5 mph (8 km/h).

Neutral

Push the drive stalk up or down to the first position and
hold it there for more than 1 second to shift into
Neutral. Neutral allows Model Y to roll freely when you
are not pressing the brake pedal.

NOTE: You must press the brake pedal to shift out of
Neutral if driving slower than approximately 5 mph (8
km/h).

Model Y automatically shifts into Park when you leave
the driver’s seat. To stay in Neutral, use the touchscreen
to engage Transport Mode.

Drive

Push the drive stalk all the way down and release. You
can shift into Drive when Model Y is stopped or moving
less than 5 mph (8 km/h) in Reverse.

NOTE: When in Drive, push the drive stalk all the way
down and release to enable Traffic-Aware Cruise
Control. Push the drive stalk all the way down twice in
quick succession to enable Autosteer.

Park

Press the end of the drive stalk while Model Y is
stopped.
Model Y 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 1.5 mph (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.

NOTE: You must press the brake pedal to shift out of
Park.

NOTE: The above conditions do not reflect a
comprehensive list of reasons why Model Y may or may
not automatically shift into Park and, in certain
scenarios, it is possible for your vehicle to shift into Park
when only one of the above conditions is true.

CAUTION: Model Y will not shift out of Park if the
front trunk is not securely shut or if the charge
port is unable to determine whether a charging
cable is plugged in. Ensure the front trunk is
closed and any charging cables are unplugged,
and follow the directions on the touchscreen to
proceed.

WARNING: In emergency situations, if the brakes
are not functioning properly, press and hold the
Park button on the drive stalk to bring the vehicle
to a stop. Do not use this method to stop the
vehicle unless absolutely necessary.

WARNING: It is the driver’s responsibility to
always ensure the vehicle is in Park before exiting.
Never rely on Model Y to automatically shift into
Park for you; it might not work in all
circumstances (for example, if Creep or a slope
causes the vehicle to travel greater than
approximately 1.5 mph (2 km/h)).

To make it convenient to pick up passengers, you can
also unlock all doors at any time by shifting into Park
then pressing the Park button a second time.