What is the Tesla Model S Load Capacity? – Electric cars are not like internal combustion cars, both gasoline engines, and diesel engines. Electric cars only rely on electric motors. Although the power conversion states that there is no difference between this type of car and an ICE car, it doesn’t hurt to be a little worried considering that electric cars tend to be new cars. So, knowing the load of the Tesla Model S electric car is very important.
What is the Tesla Model S Load Capacity?
This time we will discuss the load that the Tesla Model S is able to bear, whether it’s the load inside the vehicle or the ability to pull the load from the front and rear.
Load Capacity Labeling
It is important to understand how much weight your Model S can safely carry. This weight is called the vehicle capacity weight and includes the weight of all occupants, cargo, and any additional equipment added to your Model S since it was manufactured.
There are two labels attached to Model S that state how much weight it can safely carry. These labels are located on the center door pillar and are visible when the front door is open:
1. Tire and Loading Information label
2. Identification Plate
Warning: Overloading Model S has an adverse effect on braking and handling, which can compromise your safety or damage Model S.
- Never load more than 136 kg in the front trunk. Doing so can cause damage.
- Never store large amounts of liquid in Model S. A significant spill can cause electrical components to malfunction.
Tire and Loading Information Label
The Tire and Loading Information label provides:
- The maximum number of occupant seating positions.
- The maximum vehicle capacity weight.
- The size of the original tires.
- The cold inflation pressures for the original front and rear tires. These pressures are recommended to optimize ride and handling characteristics.
Never change this label, even if you use different tires in the future.
Note: If Model S is loaded to its full capacity, double check all tires to ensure they are inflated to their recommended pressure levels.
In addition to the VIN, the Identification Plate provides certification that Model S complies with the Motor Vehicle Standards Act.
Caution: To prevent damage, never load Model S so that it is heavier than GVWR or exceeds the individual GAWR weights.
Calculating Load Limits
- Locate the statement “The combined weight of occupants and cargo should never exceed XXX kg or XXX lbs” on the “Tire and Loading Information” label.
- Determine the combined weight of all occupants that will ride in the vehicle.
- Subtract the combined weight of the occupants from XXX kg or XXX lbs (see Step 1).
- The resulting figure equals the available cargo load capacity. For example, if the “XXX” amount equals 1400 lbs (635 kg) and there will be five 150 lb (68 kg) passengers in the vehicle, the amount of available cargo capacity is 650 lbs (1400 ‑ 750 (5 x 150) = 650 lbs) or 295 kg (635 ‑ 340 (5 x 68) = 295 kg).
- Determine the combined cargo weight being loaded on the vehicle. That weight must not exceed the available cargo load capacity calculated in Step 4.
Warning: Trunks are the preferred places to carry objects. In an accident, or during hard braking and sharp turns, loose items in the cabin could injure occupants.
Example Load Limit Calculations
How much cargo Model S can carry depends on the number and weight of passengers. The following calculated load limit examples assume passengers weigh 150 lbs (68 kg). If passengers weigh more or less, available cargo weight decreases or increases respectively.
Driver and one passenger
Driver and four passengers
The cargo weight should be distributed between the front and rear trunks.
Caution: Do not exceed the maximum front trunkload weight of 136 kg.
Towing a Trailer
Warning: Do not use Model S for towing purposes. Model S does not support a trailer hitch. Installing one could cause damage and increase the risk of an accident.
Caution: Using Model S for towing may void the warranty
If Model S is equipped with the all-glass panoramic roof, you can carry up to 75 kg using a Tesla-approved roof rack (see Parts and Accessories on page 148). A Model S equipped with a solid aluminum roof is incompatible with roof racks.
Caution: Damage caused by roof racks is not covered by the warranty.
Caution: Do not use roof racks, or place any load, on the roof of a Model S that is equipped with a solid aluminum roof. Doing so can cause significant damage.