Tesla Model 3 in the snow

Tesla Model 3 in the snow

We've been inundated with Tesla Model 3 winter weather/driving videos as of late, and winter tires have been a huge topic of interest.

This is especially true since there have been two major stories surrounding Model 3 long-distance trips, and a few YouTubers that live in colder climates took delivery of their vehicles over the holidays.

Tesla Model 3 18” Aero Wheel and Winter Tire Package

Tesla Model 3 18” Aero Wheel and Winter Tire Package

Dan Zorrilla, InsideEVs contributor, took delivery of his Model 3 in Fremont and then drove it across the country with Alex Roy to set a new electric-vehicle Cannonball record. You You Xue just completed the whopping Tesla Model 3 Road Trip, which really put the car through the paces. He faced a substantial amount of bitterly cold, foul weather during his time on the road.

Another reason that there has been so much talk surrounding Model 3 tires is that the car is rear-wheel drive, a configuration that is notoriously "not so good" for winter travel. Although there's a dual-motor, all-wheel-drive variant coming, it's not here yet. It seems most of the Model 3s that we see experiencing winter driving will be the current single-motor, Long Range sedan.

Anyhow, Tesla has obviously taken notice and recently added Pewag snow chains to its online shop. Now, the automaker is offering a few winter wheel and tire packages for its popular new car.

The Model 3 comes equipped with 18-inch wheels as standard, though 19-inch wheels are available. Many assume a 20-inch option is down the pike, and although Musk has hinted at it, we're still awaiting official verification on this. The new packages are described below per Tesla's website:

Tesla Model 3 18” Aero Wheel and Winter Tire Package

$1,700

Model 3 18” Aero wheel and Pirelli winter tire package provides maximum safety and grip when driving in wet or dry conditions, and on icy or snow-covered roads. The winter package guarantees a high level of traction, stability, and braking efficiency under 45 ℉, which translates to excellent comfort while driving, so you can enjoy wherever you drive with confidence.

<em><em>Tesla Model 3 19” Sport Wheel and Winter Tire Package</em></em>

Tesla Model 3 19” Sport Wheel and Winter Tire Package

Includes:

  • 4 x 18X8.5J Aero wheels
  • 4 x 235/45/18 - PIRELLI WINTER SOTTOZERO™ SERIE II
  • 4 x tire pressure sensors
  • 4 x Tesla logo Aero wheel caps
Tesla Model 3 19” Sport Wheel and Winter Tire Package

Model 3 19” Sport wheel and Pirelli winter tire package provides maximum safety, control and performance in all winter weather conditions. The winter package guarantees a high level of traction, stability, and braking efficiency under 45 ℉, which translates to excellent comfort while driving, so you can enjoy wherever you drive with confidence.

Includes:

  • 4 x 19X8.5J Sport wheels
  • 4 x 235/40/19 – PIRELLI WINTER SOTTOZERO™ 3
  • 4 x tire pressure sensors
  • 4 x Tesla logo Sport wheel center caps
Lug nuts and lug nut covers sold separately

Price includes shipping and installation and ships to your selected Service Center.

Source: Electrek