Tesla Model S winter driving.

Tesla Model S winter driving.

I live in Norway so I need a car that can handle winter driving.

Considering a BMW 320 GT. But after my test drive of the Tesla Model S I really want to get the Model S.
The BMW have 4WD, and the Tesla have 2WD rear. If the Tesla handles snow and ice well I will definitely go for the Model S!

How is the Model S on that kind of weather?

Will the car get stuck in the snow and spinning on ice?

I heard that there will be a software update for winter driving. Is this true? And when will it be released?

If I order my Tesla Model S now I will probably get it in March/April next year.

In advantage, thanks!

frekri | November 7, 2013
Roamer@AZ USA | November 7, 2013

You could order an X if you are patient.

Mathew98 | November 7, 2013

The video clip above should satisfy your questions. The driver tested the winter condition without even looking at the battery level.

Who needs 4WD when the 1000 pounds battery pack in the 2+ tons Model S keep you planted on the road and all the traction you ever need.

jeffaa | November 7, 2013

Winter tires. Get them.

CarlE_P439 | November 7, 2013

19" tires are fine. I live in Connecticut, and had no problems with the storm(s) last winter. My ONLY hesitation 4 years ago when I was considering buying this car was the rear wheel drive issue and living in New England (which of course is not Norway but still). The car has handled surprisingly well. Must be the heavy weight of the car as others have said as well as the equal weight distribution (no ICE in the front). I have not heard about a software update related to winter driving.

Captain_Zap | November 7, 2013

I thought I needed AWD. But, I found that I have no problems with snow and ice with the Model S and I no longer feel that I need AWD.

The weight distribution is very even and low and that helps with traction. The "low" regen setting is awesome for going down hills and slowing for corners because you never have to touch the brakes. The traction control is great too. I got caught in a snow storm with my summer 21" wheels on and we did better than most other cars on the road.

Most of all I really love the weight distribution, the regen and throttle control when it comes to winter driving. I was very surprised and impressed by the advantages of having this set-up.

David Trushin | November 7, 2013

People seem to have better snow handling with 19" tires. all weather, snow tires and chains are available.

GrammyJ | December 10, 2013

Just had my model S in the snow for the first time & I was not happy. Especially since with only 2 - 3" of snow, I couldn't get the car up my driveway of modest slope without shoveling it first. I have the 19" all-season tires. Would be willing to buy the winter tires if I could be assured they would work. Also, I found that I had to set the regen breaking to low to avoid fishtailing.

Bighorn | December 10, 2013

How many miles on your tires?

jkn | December 10, 2013

Do I understand you correctly? Regen can cause rear wheels to slip. So traction control cannot prevent that.

AndreyATC | December 10, 2013

I've had number of RWD BMWs in the past and i can tell you one thing
Winter tires made HUGE difference for climbing hills
All-seasons are ok, but will never give you even half the traction of good winter tire.
One of the blizzards, i was on my BMW 335i climbing the hill and i easily outpaced 335i with and X5, which are both awd

Brian H | December 10, 2013

No-seasons? You asked for it.

Panoz | December 10, 2013

@GrammyJ - that is EXACTLY my situation! I killer driveway that I must be able to negotiate. If you had trouble, then you've sealed my decision on an X.

shs | December 10, 2013

As posted I in another thread, I now have Michelin X-Ice Xi3s on the standard 19” rims. Handling on dry pavement seems a little fuzzy compared to the standard Goodyear all season tires, but they seem to handle snow and ice very well. We have a fairly long gravel driveway with a 15% slope that I can plow, but because it is gravel, plowing typically leaves a couple inches of hard packed snow and ice. The X-Ice equipped MS has made it up the driveway several times now, no problem, although the Traction Control indicator was flashing continuously on the steepest parts. At the top of the driveway I had about 1/4 mile of unplowed gravel road to negotiate with about 6-8” of snow and some packed tire tracks. The traction control came on a few times on the road, but even when I had to turn into the untracked area of the road to avoid another car, it was not a problem. My question is, given the stability control with the MS, if I do get into a skid, lets say understeer, what is the proper way to steer out of it?

Winnie796 | December 11, 2013

I have the Nokian Hakkapeliitta R2 studless tyres and they are brilliant. I got up our steep snow and ice covered driveway easily whilst my studded tyre Audi A4 neighbour couldn't get up it. Tyres are everything in the winter. I have the 19" wheels for winter use on my P85+. I live in Norway.

ian | December 11, 2013

+1 jefaa and Brian H.

robert | December 11, 2013

Hey, y'all.

You seem to be pretty unanimous here on this thread - use winter tires.
So where are y'all in the A BEAST in the snow thread, where I am being ridiculed for saying just that, fighting a Don Quixote fight?

TMCproud | December 11, 2013


With all due respect, perhaps it is the WAY you are saying it on that thread. Rightly or wrongly, sometimes the how younsay something matters as much if not more than the what...

Best regards

Bighorn | December 11, 2013

I'm disappointed that you never addressed my earlier link (maybe I missed it) that showed no difference between studded and snow tires, but showed a significant advantage to snow chains, which is what the Tesla store offers.

Stopping distances, if you don't wish to click
Snow tires 40ft
Studded tires 40 ft
Single axle chains 30 ft
Both axle chains 18 ft

Thoughts about civic obligations to one's fellow pram operators, etc?