• Apr 10, 2012
Tesla's soon-to-be-released Model S may hail from sunny California, but that doesn't mean this EV won't be ready for winter. Tesla took the Model S on a trip to Baudette, Minnesota (one of the coldest places in the lower 48), to test how sub-zero temperatures affect the Model S. The Automotive Enviro Testing grounds offer over 800 acres of snow and ice conditions to test vehicle dynamics, along with battery operation.

The Model S is rear-wheel drive, but its sophisticated instant-torque electric motors combined with an advanced traction and stability system have the Model S looking fairly competent in the winter weather. A lot of that stability can also be attributed to the battery being in the sub frame, lowering the vehicle's overall center of gravity.

Check out the video below to see one of this year's hottest EVs tearing it up in the snow.



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