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Best look yet at Tesla Model 3 handling snowy conditions on standard tires
December 30, 2017   Gene

(driver's snowy view)

How the Tesla Model 3 Handles in the Snow (All Weather Tires)

Tesla owners from around the world have managed to help the company brand
its Model S and Model X vehicle as having world-class performance, both for
its supercar-destroying acceleration as well as for its winter handling

The current versions of Tesla’s flagship vehicles control power to all four
wheels through dual independently operated electric motors, providing
unparalleled traction in even the worst of winter conditions. Short of
driving your Tesla through a snow-covered off-road track with deep, muddy
ruts, Model S and Model X’s all-wheel drive system will largely handle snowy
conditions with relative ease. But, how does Tesla’s newest Model 3 compact
sedan with rear-wheel drive fare on winter roadways, let alone on factory
tires? Surprisingly well.

Tesla owners Zac and Jesse demonstrated Model 3’s winter handling
capabilities in their latest video on the Now You Know YouTube channel. The
show hosts drive through an active winter snow storm in a Model 3 that’s
equipped with factory all-season tires, and at one point even activate the
vehicle’s Autopilot system. Despite having only a single motor and
rear-wheel drive – Tesla will be producing a dual motor Model 3 with
all-wheel drive around mid-2018 – the vehicle navigates the snowy roadway
without encountering any difficult.

Zac and Jesse then take the Model 3 to an empty, snow-covered parking lot to
test the vehicle’s traction control capabilities. Despite several attempts
to initiate full power and spin the Model 3, the vehicle’s traction control
system consistently limited power, and prevented the vehicle from
unnecessarily spinning the tires on the slippery surface. Tesla’s traction
control system constantly monitors the speed of the front and rear wheels,
and minimizes wheel spin by controlling brake pressure and motor power.

RELATED: Tesla adds Model 3 snow chains to its online store [

A slow-motion capture of Model 3’s rear wheels reveal a delicate dance of
power limiting and power transfer to the ground, thereby allowing the driver
to maintain control of the vehicle at all times. It wasn’t until the Model 3
was placed into Slip Start mode that the vehicle began to show any signs of
sliding, when purposely pushed to the limits in an attempt to drift the
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