Tesla Model 3 Rear-Wheel Drive Tested On Sheet Of Ice: Video

FEB 14 2019 BY STEVEN LOVEDAY 4

A skating rink is no match for the Tesla Model 3.

Some people have commented that these shares about EVs — and specifically Tesla vehicles — faring well on winter roads are silly. Basically, people often assert that any peppy, rear-wheel-drive sports sedan with winter tires would perform much the same on snow and ice as the Tesla Model 3. However, while there may be some exceptions, this is surely not the case for a few reasons.

What makes the Model 3 — or any Tesla or other battery-electric car — a good choice for driving on slick surfaces?

As we’ve explained before, the Model 3’s skateboard battery pack provides a significant amount of evenly distributed weight, which helps a ton (no pun intended). So, really, it makes no difference that the car gets its power from the rear. The reason rear-wheel drive has a bad reputation on snowy, icy roads is a lack of weight out back (in many vehicles). This is why pickup truck drivers may load their truck’s bed with sandbags or weights in the winter (it’s also why we need all-electric pickup trucks pronto, but that’s grounds for another article). Similarly, a rear-wheel drive sports car with its heavy engine up front is not going to handle snow and ice very well.

The other factor involved is modern traction control, which is present in most of today’s cars. It works so well that it may actually work against you in some cases. For instance, you can have the pedal to the metal and remain at a standstill as the traction control system fully limits the car’s power to the wheels. However, electric cars have a healthy amount of instantaneous torque, which can work in your favor, especially since it’s paired with that heavy, even weight distribution mentioned above. Add some good winter tires to the equation and you’ve got yourself a car that is likely to impress in slick conditions.

What is your experience? Let us know in the comment section below.

Video Description via DaxM on YouTube:

Tesla Model 3 on ICE

Let’s see how the Tesla Model 3 performs on complete ice. Acceleration and braking with Michelin X-Ice winter tires.

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4 Comments on "Tesla Model 3 Rear-Wheel Drive Tested On Sheet Of Ice: Video"

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https://www.forbes.com/sites/kenkam/2019/02/14/making-sense-of-teslas-slow-moving-competition/#62f717d2664b

Rarely does Forbes have a positive comment on Tesla so I thought I’d share it.

“performs on complete ice. Acceleration and braking with Michelin X-Ice winter tires.”

No different than any other car with X-ICE winter tires…

My BMW 3 series is has Powered, rear drive and has 52 percent of the weight on the rear tires. Gas engines aren’t that heavy. A single. Engine airplane has like 15 percent total weight on the front nose gear and 85 percent on the rear mains.. this argument is outdated. My car does fantastic in the snow and ice.

I believe the main argument on competence in snow with twists and turns and steep hills with 2wd is basically between rear and fwd.