Do Tesla Vehicles Work in the Snow?


Published on November 3, 2019 |
by Matt Pressman

3. November 2019 by Matt Pressman

Below are two articles that were originally published on EVANNEX – here and here.

Tesla Fun In The Snow [19659008] Don't try this in your Tesla. It is definitely not recommended – but it sure looks like fun. According to AutoEvolution, in Moscow, "you could grab an American electric tank (read: a Tesla Model S) and try to embrace the Russian winter … Alan Enileev recently brought us an adventure that looks like a Model S, probably a P100D, supply amazing donuts donuts in Gagarinsky District, Moscow. "But first, a quick charge …

You are probably wondering … how an electric vehicle can make such dramatic donuts (see below) better than most gasoline-powered cars? It is reported that, "You may be wondering what makes 2+ tonnes of behemoth [Model S] turn so violent. And the answer is simple. You see, the instant electric torque goes with Tesla-en-gears nature – the latter aspect means that when the wheels lose traction, the electric motors get to spin to the sky and go past what a combustion engine could deliver. "

Russian Model S performs an exquisite winter ballet (Source: alan_enileev)

So if Model S and Model 3 owners can make their cars dance in the winter with these donuts, what can Tesla's SUV, Model X achieve in the snow? Well, we certainly don't recommend that you open your Model X Falcon Wing doors while driving in a blizzard as this owner recently did …

Zac and Jesse take their RWD Model 3 for a spin in the middle of a blizzard and make a few donuts (Y outube: Now You Know)

More insight comes from Now You Know Tesla tipsters, Zac and Jesse, in their new Tesla Model 3. According to Teslarati, “A slow catch of the rear wheels of the Model 3 reveal a delicate dance with power limitation and power transmission to the ground, thus allowing the driver to keep control of the vehicle at all times. It was not until the Model 3 was placed in Slip Start mode that the vehicle began to show some signs of slippage when it was intentionally pushed to the limits in an attempt to drive the vehicle. ” [19659009] But there are other ways to enjoy the various treats that Model X has to offer its owners during winter. You can pull a semi-truck up a hill. If you are not as dares, you (and your Model X) can celebrate the holidays with friends and family – in style. Sure, Model S and Model 3 can make donuts, but Tesla's Model X does this …

Three Tesla Model X SUVs are assembled about a wonderful light show during a beautiful white Christmas (Youtube: michael subasic )

At least it turns out you can have a lot of fun in Tesla this winter. Hopefully you have enjoyed your vacation as much as these other Tesla owners. Then again, you can fight Tesla in a tug of war against gas guzzlers in the snow, but we will also advise against that. That said, if you're heading north for another blizzard this week, be safe and (if you have Tesla's sub-pack for subzero weather) keep those seat heaters warm!

Tesla Model X – Almost perfect for winter driving

Brrrr … cool temperatures freeze people this winter and car buyers are searching for the ultimate winter car. It turns out that Fortune recently announced “Tesla Model X as (almost) the perfect winter car.” Wait. Can this 5000 pound all-electric animal really cope with harsh winter conditions?

Tesla Model 3 snow tires with chains. Photo by Kyle Field | CleanTechnica

Fortunes Daniel Bentley writes, "Driving out of New York City at 5pm on a Friday is a stressful endeavor at any time of the year. Add a little bit of snow to the mix, then it's chaos. But when I drove the Tesla Model X P100D away from the company's latest store in the Manhattan Meatpacking District, I was relaxed and comfortable. "

Okay, so how does Tesla's Autopilot feature in slips and snow? Bentley admits that Tesla's Autosteer feature was a bit hesitant with When it came to being, he notes: "To be perfectly clear, [it] is not self-driving as most people imagine. In its current form, it is a driver's aid." Nevertheless, one drove out of NYC, "Teslas & # 39; Traffic-Aware Cruise Control & # 39; or TACC, and made the two hours of gridlock [traffic] a little more bearable. " toavKyleField | CleanTechnica

Sure, Tesla is not (yet) a level 5 self-driving car, but what keeps the Model X from being a 100% perfect winter car? Bentley claims, "the physical limitations of battery technology … In the 20- to 30-degree Fahrenheit weather I was driving in, the car used far more power to heat the cells than it would on a faint 65-degree day in Palo Alto. "

And even though Bentley stopped at a Tesla Supercharger to refill the battery, he admits," I have a longer commute than the average of just over 60 miles, and with conservative driving I will be able to work and walk back even under sub-zero conditions. And Tesla is reportedly working on a battery preheating function for customers in cold climates. It can [definitely] come in handy. "

Photo by Zach Shahan | CleanTechnica

So what does Tesla's Model X do? Bentley explains: "The car, equipped with a good set of tires, seized the road and gave the confidence to drive at normal motorway speeds."

What about the tremendous power and torque available for Model X – wouldn't that present a problem in the snow? Bentley notes, "Even with a little aggressive throttle, there was minimal slipping of the wheels: the car's ability to almost transmit torque and brake the wheels as needed for the least cumbersome traction control I have experienced. The effects of the snow were almost neutralized."

Above: Model X pulls a semi-truck into the snow (YouTube: Ben Spreen )

Still not a believer? Maybe this video will convince you. Model owner X, Ben Spreen writes (via youtube), "I was exploring Raleigh NC during the blizzard and found a United States Postal Service truck stuck on an icy snow-white hill … So we did what a decent person would do and hooked up 66,500 pounds on the back of my Tesla Model X 90D and pulled him up the hill. "

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Matt Pressman is about Tesla. He is a TSLA investor, pre-ordered Model 3, and loves to drive family cars Model S and Model X. As one of the founders of EVANNEX, a family-owned company specializing in aftermarket Tesla accessories, he has served as contributor / editor for Electric Vehicle University (EVU) and Owning Model S and Getting Ready for the Model 3 books. He writes about Tesla daily and you can follow his work on the EVANNEX blog.

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