Tesla Model 3 Range Test In Cold With Snow Tires: Video


Cold weather, with snow and snow tires. The perfect recipe for reduced range.

Let’s test it out.

The Performance version of the Tesla Model 3 gets tested in cold weather to see the impact on range. Additionally, with snow tires fitted, we see how those affect range.

We love these real-world, real-life tests. This sort of test can’t be conducted in a lab. Furthermore, your results will always vary. Therefore, the more and more tests conducted, the better we get to understand the effects of stuff like snow, cold and so on.

Check out this post – Here’s How A Tesla Model 3 Actually Fares In The Winter – for more on range loss in a Model 3 in the winter.

Click play in the video above to see how the Model 3 fared as a result of the conditions.

Video description:

Model 3 Cold Weather Range Loss Test – Tesla Model 3 Review!

We’re testing Model 3 cold weather issues in this road trip from the Seattle area down to Portland! If you’re curious about the Tesla Model 3 in the snow and how it performs, this should give you a good look. Most important to me was seeing the Tesla Model 3 cold weather range while driving around in the Performance model. One thing to note is that I have Sottozero 3 winter tires on my Model 3 Performance Model. Not the 20″ summer performance tires that it came with.

As you see in the video, the battery loss is very apparent when looking at the range that Tesla estimated versus what we were actually getting as we drove in the snow and cold temperatures.

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3:50 min into video they guy has to get off highway to clean the windshield from road grime at a gas station with a squeegee? No windshield washer fluid attempts are shown by video when wiping . Maybe it’s a Seattle thing but up here in Quebec we use plenty of gallons of windshield washer fluid rated -30 C to clean road salts and grime from our windshields while driving and it gets way colder up here.

Please, Seattle to Portland? Cold Weather? 1″ of snow shuts Portland down at 25 degrees F. Somebody give me test results from Green Bay to International Falls, at -25. I’m betting range reduced by 50 percent.

better yet Antarctica from the sea to the South Pole

good luck finding super chargers on the way.

you would lose that bet UNLESS you purposely ran the heater up to 100.
Assuming you start with the Tesla heated up, you can then run the tesla using the heat from the motors/battery. Basically, you should have no more than 25% loss, probably less.

Good video, didn’t drag on like most, funny and informative.

The video was good for me, too. I live north of Seattle (Monroe) and make numerous trips to Portland every year (friends & family). 25F is colder than normal for us in the winter along that I-5 Seattle to Portland corridor.

Kudos to the video’s creator for eating Sushi instead of McDonald’s while supercharging in Centralia. However, they made the trip to watch pro wrestling in Portland? Come on, guys!

The TM3 have an energy display that could have been use with much better accuracy to show the projected drain vs actual without all that entertaining flix.
Also exterior temp is available on that screen and would have been good to show it.

So this guy doesn’t have a good grip on his car capability and not a lot of experience of winter driving.

I have to admit that TM3 is a very sophisticated thing and it get time to get it, but windsield wiper and wiper fluid is the first thing you have to learn in winter driving, and he flunk it.

It’s a safety issue.

Winter aint a Seattle thing.

Got to give him a break, the weather in Seattle was a once in 30 year thing…..nobody was prepared, we usually just get rain.

The Leaf does a much better job of calculating range loss in the cold. Sorry!

You must be joking? Leaf have a very unreliable thing that gave birth to a new name ” Guess-O-meter”
The first thing you learn driving a Leaf is to never trust your display that much.

Guess-O-Meter is decades older than the LEAF. I heard it in the 1970’s.

News flash! Tesla / EPA estimates do not apply to winter conditions. You have a supply of energy. The warmer you keep yourself with that energy, the less you’ll have left for driving range. Shouldn’t this be obvious?

To people with a technical background and/or who read EV centric forums is it obvious. But, plenty of people in the model 3 forum who are new to EVs are shocked and/or claim Tesla “lied” to them about the range when the air temperatures gets south of freezing. For BEVs to go mass market we need to figure out a way of educating people on this. Further complicating things is range loss is a lot worse percentage wise for multiple short trips compared to a single longer trip which allows the initial cost of warming the interior to be amortized over more miles. Finally there is the variable of the degree of cold soaking of the battery itself.

It’s funny how people perceive things. I have seen zero headlines that state “Tesla lied to me. I get MORE range than the EPA rating in good weather.”

worst of all, is that most of these M3 drivers still do not know how to optimize their car for range.
Come winter, pre-warm the car WHILE plugged in, use the seats warmers and then after a time of driving, you can switch on the cabin heat.

Howdy, This video is mild winter compared to the mountains of CO, where we live. We have a P3D+. We consistently see 2 rated miles for each mile driven when it’s cold (0 to 30 degrees) and when the roads are wet, snowy and snow packed. Saturday I drove from our home in Eagle (elevation 6800 feet) to Copper Mountain. I go over Vail Pass, elevation 11k feet. Copper Mountain is elevation 8500 feet. We used 189 rated miles for a 112 mile trip. The temps were hovering around 0 most of the way to and from. Some of the drive was snow packed road. But most of the drive was just wet road. The driver mentioned tires. For us, where we live, the car just wasn’t safe with the stock 20″ wheels and snow tires. I put on 18″ wheels and Nokians. Now the car feels good. But it upset me that we had to fork out more money just to make the car safe up here. The driver mentioned the wipers. Tesla’s Auto wiper feature just doesn’t work. The driver has to constantly change between settings. It’s dangerous, to have to fiddle with the wipers when driving up… Read more »

We drive our 2013 85 RWD up in the SAME mountains and do not have the issues that you have.
Now, we DO have Nokians snow tires (and the previous set were studded). But that is because my wife is a Colorado driver and not a snow/ice driver. See, I grew up, where the temps were -40 to 20F from Turkey day until mid april. (wisc/ill border). But I learned how to drive ice, esp. on the lakes.

You ignore the sensors, unless one is different by 5+ lbs (IOW, a leak).

We flip our wiper NO PROBLEM. In addition, yours are heated.

As to the door handle, gee, sorry to hear that you have trouble with it.

I would agree with Bjorn and say that Tesla is built for dealing with snow/ice.
The issues appear to be the drivers and their lack of knowledge/intelligence.

BTW, in your hit piece, you claim to drive, and then you speak of a separate driver.
You also do not seem aware that your wiper is HEATED.

What’s odd is you won’t put your name behind your post.

So where do you live? What town?

My name is Paul Kulas. I live in Eagle, CO.

Also. If you try to pull the wipers while they’re on they’ll break. See the manual.

And. I just searched the manual. Nowhere do I find any reference to heated wipers. Please point that out to me. But even so, if they are heated that doesn’t change what I wrote.

If you don’t believe what I wrote, send Tesla over. I’ll put the wheels and tires back on, we’ll go for a drive in the snow.

First, I do not give my name save to a minor group ( Linux, manufacturing and entrepreneurial groups ).
Secondly, I live in Highlands Ranch, and drive up into the mountains.
Third, plenty of other drivers that do just fine in the snow.It is not like I am the only one.

Everything that I listed is FACT. Not BS.
And yes,you wrote a hit piece, not an honest one

. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6cNEbA8CqYs

Hit piece are your words, not mine. The car, with the stock 20″ wheels and snow tires, isn’t safe for someone like us who live in the mountains of CO. Reps in the Littleton CO, service center said to me they’ve heard our experience from other owners. Tesla should have offered an 18″ wheel option in our car. Or, should have warned customers that the setup isn’t advisable if you live where we do. Good thing I found wheels that fit over the brakes. Otherwise, I just wouldn’t drive it when it’s bad out. Or I wouldn’t let my wife drive it with our son in car. I didn’t buy the car to not drive it. The Auto on wipers don’t work up here. The fact that they don’t, is dangerous. Why? Because a driver has to fiddle back and forth between settings when driving. There’s plenty of threads on forums saying as much. The range isn’t an issue, per se. An electric car is like a cell phone — when it gets cold it doesn’t work as well. My complaint with them here is for the average person who doesn’t read these blogs, they don’t get that battery range… Read more »