Cold Weather Best Practices After Driving Tesla Model Y

When not in use, leave the Model Y plugged in. This keeps your Battery warm by using the charging method rather than the battery itself.

After Driving

Scheduled Departure

When you've parked your Model Y, plug it in and schedule when you'd like it to be ready to drive. By the time you set your departure time, your vehicle will have determined the best moment to start charging so that the interior and battery are warm. See Scheduled Charging and Scheduled Departure.

Charge Port

  • If your charge port latch becomes caught and a charging cable becomes stuck in the port, manually release the charge cable.
  • Precondition your vehicle on HI with the mobile app to help thaw ice on the charge port latch so the charge cable may be removed or entered.

Note: If your charge port latch is frozen in position, it will not secure the charging cable in place when inserted, but it will still be able to charge via AC at a reduced rate.


Plug your Model Y into a charger if you want to leave it parked for an extended period of time to avoid usual range decrease and keep the Battery at an ideal temperature. It is safe to say that your vehicle has been plugged in for an extended period of time.

When not in use, the Model Y goes into sleep mode to save battery life and energy. Reduce the amount of times you check your vehicle's status on the mobile app because this wakes up your vehicle and causes it to consume more energy.

See Also

Tesla Model Y - Cold Weather Best Practices Before Driving

Tesla Model Y - Cold Weather Best Practices While Driving


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