Pardon our Icelandic to English translation, but the verdict is unchanged: Tesla Model S P85 trumps four other electric vehicles in a series of winter tests.

Five electric vehicles were tested in the alps:

  • BMW i3
  • Mitsubishi i-MiEV
  • Nissan LEAF
  • Renault Zoe
  • Tesla Model S P85
35 points were the maximum combined points that could be awarded in these tests: braking distance, handling, safety, range, heating, price and acceleration in snow.

The winner, with 25 points, was the Tesla model S P85.  In second place was the BMW i3 and in third was the Nissan LEAF.

The range test, without preheating, had the Tesla well in the lead:

  • Model S P85 - 128.5 miles
  • Nissan LEAF: 43 Miles
  • BMW i3: 38 Miles
  • Mitsubishi i-MiEV: 38 Miles
  • Renault ZOE: 37 Miles
Perhaps something is lost in translation, as we didn't expect to see the Tesla that far in the lead.  Here's the original text converted from Icelandic via Google Translate:

The car is not quite per­fect. A crucial test was how far could dri­ve the frost, but how many of my gra­de products is not availa­ble. The ot­her is known, the test was conducted wit­hout tanks were pretrea­ted for dri­ving. Was dri­ven cars un­til tanks tæmd­ust. Declared range up to 502 miles should not come as a surprise that Tesla drew far. But was remo­ved the book because she was of electricity af­ter 206.9 miles.

It was a much better per­formance than ot­her cars reached. In second place was Nis­s­an Leaf with 69.1 km, third BMW 61.4 km, the i-MiEV with 61.3 and 58.9 km with Zoe.

In the braking test, the field was more evenly matched.  Here are the stopping results from 31 MPH to 0 MPH (presumably all tested EVs are on winter tires):

  • Mitsubishi i-MiEV: 27.4 meters
  • Renault Zoe: 28.4 meters
  • Tesla Model S:  28.4 meters
  • BMW i3: 29.1 meters
  • Nissan LEAF: 29.7 meters
Acceleration in snow with traction control disabled.  0 to 31 MPH:
  • Tesla Model S: 8.79 seconds
  • BMW i3: 9.29 seconds
  • Mitsu­bis­hi: 10.37 seconds
  • Nissan LEAF: 10.54 second
  • Renault Zoe: 12.46 seconds
Now this...umm...seems lost in translation.  Best guess?  It has something to do with speed through a snowy slalom course:

"The test, which concer­ned the mana­gea­bility while dri­ving on snowy roads roofs that chal­lenged road hold­ing and rás­festu Tesla came out best; thrust gi­ven crooked dist­ance behind at 68.0 km / h. modestly. Leaf and i-MiEV was not far off, the for­mer fin­is­hed the ride at 65.5 km / h. avera­ge and i-MiEV at 64.4 km. Some spaces remained in the BMW i-3, which went through at 60.6 km / h and Zoe at 57.6 km."

And this is the time it takes for cabin-heating 4 degrees Celsius to 20 degrees Celsius, we believe:

"Centers raf­bíl­anna five were taken to the pace. The four-degree C was mea­sured length of time that the device tem­pera­t­ure wit­hin the space of 20 ° C. Center Nis­s­an Leaf was a specialty, was only 3:35 minu­tes to fin­ish it. The heat was achieved in Tesla af­ter 4:27 minu­tes, the BMW i-3 for 6:48 minu­tes af­ter 8:00 min. Renault Zoe and the i-MiEV was the longest to heat up, and 13:31 minu­tes."

This win for Tesla further affirms what the automaker has pitched all along: the Model S performs swell in the cold, ice and snow.  Kinda makes you wonder if there's even a need for an AWD Model S.


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