Going Uphill: Tesla Passes a Bunch of SUVs Stuck in the Snow (Video)

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Hopefully this is another nail in the coffin of the myth that electric cars are bad in cold weather conditions (remember the controversy surrounding a New York Times article a couple years ago?). I mean, if the fact that the highest number of Teslas sold per capita is to be found in Norway wasn't enough to dispel the myth, and the Model S roadtrip to the arctic circle that these guys did while only charging at Supercharger stations:

We are at the arctic circle! Drove all the way using just @Tesla_Europe SuperChargers! 2900km done, 500km to go! pic.twitter.com/pBeb4Sk2Id
— Wido (@widodh) January 26, 2015
Setermoen, Norway, the most Northern @Tesla_Europe SuperCharger on the planet! We made it :) 3346km from home. pic.twitter.com/9oTFF2BXlV
— Wido (@widodh) January 27, 2015

Yes! I saw the Aurora and so did my @TeslaMotors Model S! Tonight it's time to head south again, towards Trondheim pic.twitter.com/VHcu4k2lyr
— Wido (@widodh) January 29, 2015

Then maybe seeing a Dual Motor Model S climbing up snowy 14% incline that defeats all kinds of other vehicles, including SUVs, will reassure those who think that EVs and harsh winter conditions don't mix:

Tesla dual motor cars are also all-wheel drive. Main goal of dual motor was actually insane traction on snow. Insane speed was a side effect
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 29, 2015
Video made by owner of a P85D going up a 14% grade on snow passing a whole bunch of stuck SUVs https://t.co/LC9AHx0fuC
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 29, 2015

Of course, this doesn't mean that EVs are invulnerable to cold. Like gasoline and diesel cars, EVs will see a reduced range when it's cold, and snow traction will depend a lot on what kind of tires you have, rather than on having something that looks like it should do well in the snow (many SUVs have pretty bad snow performance).

Here's one Norwegian Tesla owner sharing his experience with the electric car in the frigid cold:

And as a reminder that we live in a new world, it's not just smartphones that are getting wireless software updates that add functionality:

P85 acceleration will also improve, but not quite as much
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 29, 2015

More on the Arctic circle roadtrip can be found here.

As a bonus, here's a video of a Tesla Model X being tested (that's why it's camouflaged like that):

Via Elon Musk