Tesla Model 3 Owners & Service Manuals

Tesla Model 3: Opening the Charge Port

The charge port is located on the left side of Model 3, behind a door that is part of the rear tail light assembly. Before charging, park Model 3 to ensure that the charge cable easily reaches the charge port.

With Model 3 unlocked (or an authenticated phone is within range) and in Park, press and release the button on the Tesla charge cable to open the charge port door.

Opening the Charge Port

You can also open the charge port door using any of these methods:

  • On the touchscreen, use the app launcher to open the Charging app, then touch Open Charge Port.
  • On the car status on the touchscreen, touch the charging icon.
  • On the "Cards" area on the touchscreen, touch the charging icon, then press OPEN CHARGE PORT.
  • Press the bottom of the charge port door when Model 3 is unlocked or an authenticated phone is nearby.
  • On the key fob accessory (sold separately), hold down the rear trunk button for 1-2 seconds.

Note: The following image is provided for demonstration purposes only. Depending on market region, your charge port may be slightly different.

Opening the Charge Port

Note: The Tesla "T" lights up white when you open the charge port door. If you do not insert a charge cable into the charge port within a few minutes after opening the charge port door, the charge port door closes. If this happens, use the touchscreen to open the charge port door again

Caution: Do not try to force the charge port door open.

Plugging In

If desired, use the touchscreen to change the charge limit and the charging current

To charge at a public charging station, plug the appropriate adapter into the vehicle's charging port, and then connect the station's charging connector to the adapter. The most commonly used adapter(s) for each market region are provided. Depending on the charging equipment you are using, you may need to start and stop charging using a control on the charging equipment.

If you are using the Mobile Connector, plug it into the power outlet before plugging it into Model 3.

Align the connector to the charge port and insert fully. When the connector is properly inserted, charging begins automatically after Model 3:

  • Engages a latch that holds the connector in place;
  • Shifts into Park (if it was in any other gear);
  • Heats or cools the Battery, if needed. If the Battery requires heating or cooling, you may notice a delay before charging begins.

Note: Whenever Model 3 is plugged in but not actively charging, it draws energy from the wall outlet instead of using energy stored in the Battery. For example, if you are sitting in Model 3 and using the touchscreen while parked and plugged in, Model 3 draws energy from the wall outlet instead of the Battery.

Caution: The connector end of the charge cable can damage the paint if dropped onto the vehicle.


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