Note: If Model S is equipped with Smart Air
Suspension, you may hear the sound of the
compressor when Model S starts, as the
system's reservoir fills with air.
Smart Air Suspension has both manual and
automatic modes of operation.
Manual Height Adjustments
Caution: Before adjusting the suspension
height, ensure Model S is clear of all
obstacles, above and below.
Manually raising the height of Model S is
useful when you need extra ground clearance,
such as steep driveways or ramps, deep snow,
speed bumps, etc.
With Model S powered on, or the brake pedal
pressed, use the touchscreen to manually
change the ride height. Touch Controls >
Suspension, then choose from:
Very High. When set to Very High, the
suspension automatically lowers to High
when driving speed reaches 22 mph
High. When set to High, the suspension
automatically lowers to Standard when
driving speed reaches 34 mph (55 km/h).
Standard. The Standard setting ensures
optimum comfort and handling under all
Low. Lowering the height can make it
easier to load or unload cargo and
Note: Available settings depend on your
driving speed and other conditions. For
Using the Touchscreen
Smart Air Suspension
example, the suspension does not lower if a
door is open.
Location-Based suspension saves you from
manually having to raise the suspension every
time you arrive at a frequently-used location
where a higher suspension is needed (steep
driveways or ramps, deep snow, speed
Whenever you raise the suspension to High or
Very High, Model S saves the location. A
status message displays to indicate that an
auto-raising location is being saved:
Then, when you return to the saved location,
Model S raises the suspension and the
instrument panel displays this message:
To raise the suspension to High, you must
be driving slower than 34 mph (55 km/h).
To raise it to Very High, you must be
driving slower than 22 mph (35 km/h). If
you are driving faster than these speeds
when returning to a saved location, the
suspension does not raise until Model S
After leaving a saved location, the
suspension may not lower based on an
automatic lowering speed that you have
set (Controls > Suspension > Automatic