How well does the Tesla Model X perform in icy conditions? How effective is the all-wheel-drive?
Very effective, going by most owner comments that I’ve heard, but hearing that and seeing it are quite different things. So, the video posted below — where a Tesla Model X is pitted against an icy ditch — is worth a watch for those wanting to get a better idea of how the electric SUV performs (whether because you are considering purchasing one or are just curious).
Teslarati provides more:
“A new video put together by Test-drive TV gives us a first look at how Tesla’s dual motor configuration can provide traction even when conditions call for a snow and ice covered ditch. Though the Model X appears to be outfitted with a set of popular winter tires among Tesla owners, the video is nonetheless impressive as it showcases the vehicle’s chassis rigidity – helped by the floor-mounted battery pack – and the computer’s ability to intelligently distribute torque to wheels that require it the most. In this case, traversing a slippery ditch.
“Also seen in the video is an instance when both the Falcon Wing doors and self-presenting front doors are opened while the vehicle is parked on an extreme tilt. We noticed that the hosts of the video were able to single-press and close all doors via the key fob without encountering any door collisions.”
Cool video. And a good demonstration of some of the things possible with electric vehicles that “aren’t” possible with internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles. For a related demonstration, see: Model S P85D Vs. Snowmobile — Drag Race On Ice Lake In Norway.
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