How Did This Tesla Model X Fare In A Nor’easter?

White Tesla Model X snow

MAR 26 2018 BY EVANNEX 9


Can a Tesla Model X handle itself in a brutal Nor’easter? Travis Okulski in Road and Track explains, “The night before a March storm that was supposed to dump another foot or two of snow, Tesla called to ask if we’d be interested in taking a Model X out into New York City during the blizzard to see how it would perform.” For context, “the Northeast has been having hellacious late winter storms the last few years, the sort of storms that ruin a nice February heat wave with 15 inches of snow.”


*This article comes to us courtesy of EVANNEX (which also makes aftermarket Tesla accessories). Authored by Matt Pressman. The opinions expressed in these articles are not necessarily our own at InsideEVs.

Above: Tesla Model X battles the blizzard (Image: Bjørn Nyland)

So how’d the Model X fare in the storm? Okulski recalls, “Through it all, the Model X remained eerily serene. At low speeds, you’re insulated from any and all road noise, and since it’s electric (have you heard that Teslas are electric?), there’s nothing mechanical for you to hear anyway. Where other cars can still feel skittish in these conditions–even if they’re on snow tires–the Model X was composed, uneventful. Stoic, even.”


This Model X was well-equipped for winter with “proper tires (Pirelli Scorpion winters) and the low center of gravity granted by heavy batteries. Like driving an electric cinderblock. There wasn’t one iota of concern that the Model X would have an issue… the programming on the Tesla’s stability and traction control is secretly impressive. You can drive like a total moron and the Tesla won’t take any of it.”

Above: A snow-covered Tesla Model X (Twitter: @BjornNyland)

Even if the Model X is pushed to extremes with “big swings of the wheels, aggressive throttle applications, or really anything else dumb you can think of, and it’ll shut you down and stay on the road. No, this isn’t fun. If you were hoping that it’d let you slide around and be a loon, your hopes will go unanswered. The whole point here is that it’s safe, and that’s a rousing success.”

There are some downsides. Freezing temperatures decrease battery range. You might get wet waiting for slow-opening falcon wing doors. And, the wipers just aren’t big enough for that “massive” Model X windshield. That said, “Put those quibbles aside… [the traction control] makes me think a lot of manufacturers could take a lesson from Tesla. This might be the most impressive achievement from one of Elon Musk’s companies … other than, y’know, sending stuff into space.”

Above: Teslas warming up at a Supercharger station (Image: Gas2)

Summing up his review of the Model X vs. the Nor’easter, Okulski concludes, “The Tesla made a storm covered incessantly by local news into a non-event. It was so undramatic that I didn’t stop to think about how it did it all unflappably, not even a hint of flapping or being flapped. Instead, in a storm that left trees down, multiple feet of snow on the ground, and hundreds of thousands without power, one of the newest, highest tech cars on the road made me forget all about it.” It’s no wonder others have referred to the Model X as “almost” perfect for winter driving.


Source: Road and Track

*Editor’s Note: EVANNEX, which also sells aftermarket gear for Teslas, has kindly allowed us to share some of its content with our readers, free of charge. Our thanks go out to EVANNEX. Check out the site here.

Categories: Tesla

Tags: , ,

Leave a Reply

9 Comments on "How Did This Tesla Model X Fare In A Nor’easter?"

newest oldest most voted

Yes, and a solar home with battery backup does not need to worry about trees taking down the grid. And gas stations with no electricity to pump gas.


Do both door go up when the X is stopped? You are letting all the heat inside the vehicle out. Seems to me kind of dumb.

Each door can be opened separately

One problem I’m aware of with the S and X is that the plastic racking screw in the ‘presenter’ door handles in very cold weather will sooner or later stress crack. Its not so bad when it happens in-warranty, but out of warranty it starts to get expensive unless you fix it yourself.

A German hobbyist has offered a ‘stainless-steel’ replacement for the ‘racking worm’ for 60 Euros. This would frustrate me if I was an owner since Tesla will merely sell you another plastic thing that will eventually stress crack and you’ll have to be constantly fixing the thing.

The obvious question is, if a guy in his basement could figure out a COMPLETE fix to the trouble, why does Tesla keep selling sub-standard parts for full price?

Can we thank GM for teaching the automotive industry about Planned Obsolescence?

“Sorry, they don’t make that part anymore.”

Steven, I think the PO honor goes to FORD, where their Great Brain idea to service FORD’s in the 1930’s required for one model year, that only Specialized Tools be used by Ford Service Centers, in an era when:

1). Cash was very DEAR to most people, and therefore:

2). Most people did all the car servicing themselves, since it was the Great Depression years.

My dad told me about this but he couldn’t remember the EXACT year FORD pulled this crap. Sales of FORDs tanked so badly they dropped the ‘specialized tool’ nonsense only 1 year later.

When the power grid goes down due to falling trees and ice on the wire, is there a generator that can charge the car up? How big does that generator have to be?

How big does it need to be?

How long do you want to wait for it to be fully charged?
I’d imagine even a little $200 Honda generator would serve as an L1 charger if you’re willing to wait until tomorrow to get milk, eggs, bread, and toilet paper.