How Does The Tesla Model 3 Handle Snow?

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  • Published on:  Sunday, February 10, 2019
  • Is The Tesla Model 3 Good In The Snow? How Tesla's AWD Works
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    The Tesla Model 3 Mid-Range and Long Range AWD both come with all season tires. The Model 3 Performance comes with summer tires. Either way, ideally you'll want winter tires for snow driving. Tesla offers various options through their website for 18, 19, and 20 inch wheels with winter tire pairings. This video will discuss the advantages and drawbacks of each tire selection, as well as other options.

    The AWD system consists of two independent electric motors, each sending power through open differentials to an individual axle (both front and back). There are also differences in ground clearance between the various model 3 variants, which will be discussed. Slip start and track mode will also be tested. How well will the Model 3 handle snow? Check out the video for full details.

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  • Engineering Explained
    Engineering Explained  9 months ago +125

    Lots of comments saying I'm full of nonsense about open differentials having a 50/50 torque split! And while it's true that I've made plenty of mistakes, this fortunately isn't one of them. Here's some great content clarifying why locked differentials have varying torque splits, and why open diffs are always 50/50.
    4WD Systems (and why locked diffs vary torque) -
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    Open Diff Torque Split -

  • Rallye Cars
    Rallye Cars  19 hours ago

    needs mud flaps badly

  • RelentSaviorHD
    RelentSaviorHD  yesterday

    My girlfriend and I had a long back and forth discussion on how old you look. Can you please put our minds at ease and let me know you're age 😂😂

  • Nicola inikkor
    Nicola inikkor  2 days ago

    You should have bought the tesla 18" package from a cost perspective. Also, why do you insist on driving 20" also in the snow? Not sure what is your rational. Please explain.

    JMAC LIVES  2 days ago

    Tesla Rally?

  • Geoff Strebel
    Geoff Strebel  2 days ago

    Have you ever driven Audi Quattro? If so, how would you say the Tesla compares?

  • srccr
    srccr  3 days ago

    Came here for AWD performance, now I’m buying tires.

  • M Nazari
    M Nazari  4 days ago

    now way it is 6-7 inch snow! I guess that's how Oregonians see the snow!

  • Jack Daniels
    Jack Daniels  7 days ago +1

    What about prolonged weeks of minus 40 degrees? Sask cold.

  • Larry Ganz
    Larry Ganz  7 days ago

    This is almost like the Symmetrical AWD in my 2017 manual transmission WRX, with open front and rear diff but 50:50 front rear split, and using VDC and brakes independently to send torque where it's needed. But the Tesla can also shift how much power goes to front or rear independently. WRX will still pull the front end out of a slide with the application of throttle.

  • Josip Ricov
    Josip Ricov  7 days ago

    I would put 17-inch tires on model 3, or even 16-inch. More comfort, more range...

  • Buzz Pedrotti
    Buzz Pedrotti  7 days ago

    Tires, tires, tires.

  • John Lumapas
    John Lumapas  7 days ago

    this road is beautiful! where do you drive?

  • Mike
    Mike  7 days ago

    Regen is so underrated. Builtin ABS. Downhills never wear out your brakes. Recoup all the energy. Single pedal driving.

  • pbmdh
    pbmdh  14 days ago

    Somebody count the number of times he said 'surprised'

  • Frank Ward
    Frank Ward  14 days ago

    As a Texan, this video makes me quite anxious. LOL I like my roads black not white. hahhaha

  • Icenberg
    Icenberg  14 days ago

    Where are the dubs on the winter tires???

  • BandM
    BandM  14 days ago

    I really ought to take a nice, long visit to Idaho.

  • esperago
    esperago  14 days ago

    You should have gone to an icy/snowy parking lot after hours and pushed the car to its limits. That's what I was hoping to view .

  • Drew Matthews
    Drew Matthews  14 days ago

    Is this guy using some different inches or something? 4-5 inches?!