Watch Tesla Model 3 Effortlessly Take On Snowy Tahoe Road: Video

FEB 9 2019 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 16

The music sets the mood.

There’s snow. It’s on an incline. Curves lie ahead. Yet the Tesla Model 3 manages without fault.

In a word, the conditions could be described as dangerous. Basically, it’s the perfect storm of bad road conditions. This Model 3 AWD isn’t even equipped with snow tires (stock 18-inch aero FTW). That wouldn’t be true of most vehicles in the Tahoe area, where snow tires are often installed.

We’ve seen no shortage of these Model 3 winter driving clips, but this particular one is serene and beautiful, aside from that lone gas-chugging truck that passes by. The lone passing truck further seems to indicate that the roads are bad. We say that because you’d probably expect to see more than a single car out there otherwise, right?

Take a look at how effortlessly the Model 3 moves in the clip below.

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Looks like a plowed road, not sure of the overwhelming danger in it.

“The lone passing truck further seems to indicate that the roads are bad. We say that because you’d probably expect to see more than a single car out there otherwise, right?”

Not really, there are hundreds of miles of rural roads in the Tahoe area.

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Check the Twitter thread. Guy is using stock 18″ aeros

Amazing, a car drives on a road!

This kind of “article” boggles me. Oh look a Tesla is driving, a Tesla is parked, a Tesla does car-like things. Only better. Much, much better.

I was curious, so I looked at the Twitter conversation – it is AWD.

You don’t need AWD to drive in the snow.

The clip is a little underwhelming. It is nice that the Model 3 does well in bad conditions, and I am sure it seemed more challenging from the driver’s seat, but all I see is a dashcam of… driving. I expected maybe an exterior shot of a curve where several cars attempt it and only the Model 3 came through, or something.

When Caltran requires snow tires plus awd or 4×4 during chain control, M+S tires qualify as snow tires, which is what stock 18 and 19 Tesla tires are. Not a bit impressed by this article and video given the catchy article title. Also not sure where the claim of ‘most vehicles in Tahoe area [have snow tires installed]”, given that most days I would bet there are more out-of-towners driving into or out of Tahoe with regular tires.

Exactly, I would say most vehicles in Tahoe area are the SF Bay Area visitors who just visit for few days, weekends or a week. Most of those vehicles got all season tires and they are often AWD/4WD vehicles, else they would have chains on in those conditions.

I have been skiing/boarding at Tahoe in the last 15 years and my AWD vehicles with all season tires never had problem with conditions such as this.

I don’t get why so many people are so fascinated with AWD/all seasons tires in those kind of conditions. They are expected. Else, Cal Tran wouldn’t have let them pass the chain control.

Maybe it is all those “former Prius” owners that never know what a real car would be capable of so they must share their “first ever” snow experience everywhere..

“M+S tires qualify as snow tires”

But they are not. Don’t confuse tire’s capability with a regulation. Most of us who drive in snow put on actual snow tires which have actual snow tires with the “Severe Snow and Winter Traction”. Even AWD drive vehicles like Subaru’s or AWD Tesla’s. A Prius with actual snow tires will smoke a Subaru with “All Seasons” in actual snow and ice conditions.

In OR, “traction devices” are actual snow tires per the regs not all season tires.

“A Prius with actual snow tires will smoke a Subaru with “All Seasons” in actual snow and ice conditions.”

No, it won’t. Not in a steep uphill situation with that front weight distribution. I have seen cars with chains on drive wheel slipping on steep roads in Lake Tahoe where a good M+S tires with AWD made up just fine.

My old tiny car can do the same

Wow! Telsa Model 3 can drive on snow covered roads!! What next? Go uphill? Are these videos by people who never drove in snow and then buy a Tesla and are amazed it’s a car? Next up, dog bites man.

What would have been of some interest would have been the range loss due to cold temps and snow and altitude. The drive from SFO to Tahoe during winter.

Charlie needs better music.