Video: Tesla Model S Winter Driving Redefined

DEC 21 2013 BY MARK KANE 8

Model S on the Snow

Model S on the Snow

After putting out a video in which the Model S acted as a perfect winter-driving machine, Tesla Motors released one more on what it’s like to live with Model S in the winter (in Norway, of course).

“We followed one of our Norwegian owners, Arne Jakobsen, through his daily commute with Model S.”

“Watch how Model S performs in sub-zero temperatures of the mountains and fjords of Norway, and find out why Arne believes that he can rely on Model S to get him to places that other vehicles simply aren’t capable of.”

I wonder if next summer we will get bunch of videos from Tesla on how the Model S performs in various hot climate places?

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8 Comments on "Video: Tesla Model S Winter Driving Redefined"

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Nice video, but I’d still like some hard data on the range. Someone take their Model S into 10 degree (F) weather and drive 75mph with the heat on, and report back how far you can go.
The Tesla website shows ~185 miles, but I would like some real-world data.

Well… It might be hard to get that data from Norway since they have very few highways. I think it’s about 500 km in total and the longest single stretch being about 100 km.

Oslo – Lillehammer for example would be one of the better roads to test in Norway but rather at 80 km/h or maybe up to 100 km/h if you really push it but far from 120 km/h (75 mph). But then it also has 500 m ascent in total too, that will affect the range unlike a flat highway too.

Here is a guy testing it in norwegian winter if you want to see…

And it seems like it will take a while before Finland, Sweden or Canada gets enough cars and super chargers to have people trying that out just for collecting data.

The video doesn’t mention anything about the tires. My Model S, with the standard all-season tires, is pretty mediocre in the snow. Presumably this guy has really good snow tires.

In my experience, winter range drops by about 20 percent. However, if you do lots of short trips, with long cool-downs in-between, the energy usage can double, and range can drop by 50 percent. It takes a huge surge of energy for the first 10-15 minutes to warm up the battery and the car interior, and if you don’t drive more than 15 minutes, it has to keep reheating itself, and never gets into the efficient warmed-up mode.

Pre-heating and pre-charging with the mobile app while plugged in can reduce, but not eliminate this initial surge of energy use.

RWD is difficult in severe winter weather, I guess they are using studded tires.

You can see at 1:24 that he’s running studded winter tyres (tires).

Standard all-season tires in the snow? It’s easy to tell that your not from a cold country 😛
Here we are not allowed to use anything but specially made winter tires (studded or not studded)… and even if you were allowed no one in their right mind would use the summer tires when it’s starting to get slippery on the roads.

Great video!

Well, very nice commercial. However, Now that all these S’s have the latest software releases, I would like one of our Norwegian or Finnish friends to tell me the decrease in range under the following conditions:

1). Unplugged over night (8 to 10 hours) with all cabin heating off.

2). -14 to -18 degrees centigrade (I think roughly 0-10 Fahrenheit).

Please measure the decrease in range the following way. At the end of the 8 – 10 hour test, recharge the battery just long enough to get the same charge level as existed at the start of the test, and tell me how many kwh were required from the incoming mains line, (and if possible, whether this was a 60 or 85 kwh battery).

David Noland reports that in warm weather, the vampire drain on his 60 kwh car has decreased from 4800 miles per year to 1200 miles per year. I would like to see data as to how this car would perform in the wintertime in my area (western NY USA)..