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My Tesla Charger Got Stuck and Won’t Unlatch from My Cybertruck – I Found a Secret Cybertruck Compartment that Allowed Me to Solve the Issue

A Cybertruck owner in a hurry ready to leave his house found that his Tesla charger had become stuck and would not let him drive. However, he was able to discover a secret Cybertruck compartment to solve the issue.

Driving an electric vehicle over a gas car has several advantages. Electric vehicles are significantly more technologically advanced than their internal combustion vehicle brethren.

However, with all this advanced technology, when something goes wrong in an electric vehicle, it can be a complex task to diagnose and repair on your own.

A new Cybertruck owner recently found himself in this unique electric vehicle predicament. Jeremy Judkins shared his issue online. Here is what happened.

He was in a hurry, ready to leave his house in his Cybertruck; however, when he tried to unplug and drive away, his charger got stuck in the charge port and wouldn’t release.

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Since he was charging his truck using a Tesla mobile connector, he tried to unplug the charger from the wall, carry it on the bed, and drive his Cybertruck while the port was still plugged in.

However, Tesla vehicles are designed with a system that prevents you from accidentally driving away while you are plugged into a charger.

As expected, when he went to drive his Cybertruck, the vehicle displayed an error message reading, “Charge cable connected to the vehicle; disconnect charge cable to drive.”

As I have already mentioned, this is a uniquely electric vehicle issue, and if someone recently switched over from an internal combustion vehicle, it might seem daunting to solve on their own.

However, fret not because there is an easy solution. In Jeremy’s case, he was dealing specifically with the Cybertruck charge port cable. As he shows in his video, Tesla has left a backup mechanical release for the charge port if the electric unlatching system fails.

First, you have to open the tailgate of your Cybertruck. Once fully down on the driver's side of the vehicle, there is a secret compartment next to the rear brake light.

At first glance, it seems like a simple black plastic trim. However, a secret compartment opens if you pull on the plastic just above the tailgate latch.

Here, you will find a black fabric connected to a string, which is the mechanical charge port release. According to Jeremy, it takes a little bit of force to release the charger.

Once you pull on it, the charge port unlatches, and you can drive away safely to your appointment.

Having said that, if your charge port is routinely refusing to unlatch rather than defaulting to the manual release, it is important that you contact Tesla service and have the technicians professionally diagnose the issue.

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Also, if you are driving a Tesla model other than the Cybertruck, whether it is the Model S, Model 3, Model X, or Model Y, all vehicles have similar mechanical charge port unlatching mechanisms if you find yourself in a similar situation.

Unlike on the Cybertruck, where the mechanism to mechanically unlatch your charge port is found by dropping down your tailgate, in other Tesla vehicles, it’s usually found by opening your vehicle's trunk. You can look for it in the interior close to where the charge port is located.

To find the exact location of the charge port mechanical release on your specific vehicle, go to the center touch screen and look for it in the owner’s manual.

Overall, switching to an electric vehicle or a Tesla might seem daunting initially; however, it’s important to remember that electric vehicles have far fewer parts that could fail and are easier to maintain than internal combustion vehicles.

And on those rare occasions when your electric vehicle experiences an issue, we’ll be here to answer any questions you may have. 

Until then, visit our site,, regularly for the latest updates.

So, what do you think? Are you surprised to see the location of the Cybertruck mechanical charge port release? Also, do you think it’s more difficult to solve an issue with an electric vehicle than an internal combustion vehicle? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below by clicking the red “Add new comment” button.

Image: Screenshot from Greggertruck video on X

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Tinsae Aregay has been following Tesla and the evolution of the EV space daily for several years. He covers everything about Tesla, from the cars to Elon Musk, the energy business, and autonomy. Follow Tinsae on Twitter at @TinsaeAregay for daily Tesla news.