Tesla Model Y Owners & Service Manuals

Tesla Model Y: While Driving

Cold weather can increase energy consumption because more power is required for driving, cabin and Battery heating. Follow these suggestions to reduce energy consumption:

  • Use seat heaters to keep warm. Seat heaters use less energy than the cabin heater. Lowering the cabin temperature and using seat heaters reduces energy consumption (see Climate Controls).
  • Slow down your driving and avoid frequent and rapid acceleration.

Regenerative Braking

Regenerative braking can be limited if the Battery is too cold. As you continue to drive, the Battery warms up and regenerative power increases (see Regenerative Braking).

NOTE: Limited regenerative braking can be avoided if you allow enough time to precondition your vehicle or if you use Schedule to precondition Model Y before your departure time (see Scheduled Charging and Scheduled Departure).

NOTE: Installing winter tires can result in temporarily reduced regenerative braking power but after a short period of driving, Model Y recalibrates to correct this.

Blue Snowflake Icon

A blue snowflake icon appears on your instrument panel when some of the stored energy in the Battery is unavailable because the Battery is cold. This portion of unavailable energy displays in blue on the Battery meter. Regenerative braking, acceleration, and charging rates may be limited. The snowflake icon no longer displays when the Battery is sufficiently warm.

Warming the Battery Before Supercharging

By using Trip Planner (if available in your market region) to navigate to a Supercharger, Model Y pre-heats the Battery to ensure when you arrive at the Supercharger, the Battery temperature is optimal and ready to charge. This reduces the amount of time it takes to charge. See (see Trip Planner).

NOTE: Tesla recommends using Trip Planner to navigate to a Supercharger for at least 30-45 minutes before arrival to ensure optimal Battery temperature and charging conditions. If the drive to the Supercharger is less than 30-45 minutes, consider preconditioning the Battery prior to driving (see Before Driving).


To ensure optimal Autopilot performance, keep the sensors free of snow, ice, mud, and dirt (see About Autopilot).


     After Driving

    Leave Model Y plugged in when not in use. This uses the charging system, rather than the Battery itself, to keep the Battery warm (see High Voltage Battery Information). Scheduled Departure When par


     About Autopilot


     Folding Mirrors at Specific Locations

    In addition to having mirrors fold automatically whenever you park Model Y, you can fold (and unfold) mirrors anytime your driving speed is less than 31 mph (50 km/h). This is useful for parking in tight spaces. To do so, touch Controls > Fold Mirrors. When you fold mirrors, a Location Saved


    Many factors can impact the performance of Autopilot components, causing them to be unable to function as intended. These include (but are not limited to): Poor visibility (due to heavy rain, snow, fog, etc.). Bright light (due to oncoming headlights, direct sunlight, etc.). Damage or obstru

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