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Teslas in Canadian Weather

Apr 26, 2018
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Halifax, NS
First of, hello!

Mods, if this isn't the right place to post this, let me know and I'll delete and repost.

I'm a soon to be Model 3 owner, but before I go and order, just wanted to wonder if you guys had any complaints regarding Teslas in our Canadian weather?
 

Vawlkus

Active Member
Feb 28, 2017
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962
Halifax
Just got through an entire winter without having to scrape my windows once. If nothing else, I’d be a Tesla fan for that. But there is SO much more. }B)
 

Struja

"Fanboy"
Jun 27, 2017
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1,075
Toronto, Canada
First of, hello!

Mods, if this isn't the right place to post this, let me know and I'll delete and repost.

I'm a soon to be Model 3 owner, but before I go and order, just wanted to wonder if you guys had any complaints regarding Teslas in our Canadian weather?

I came from a RWD Lexus IS350 and now I have a S90D. Both cars were equipped with winter tires.

The Tesla is (IMO) one of the best cars I've ever driven in the winter. The combination of AWD + winter tires + weight of the car + low centre of gravity = amazing winter car.

My wife drives and AWD Lexus RX350 and I believe my S out performs her car in winter driving all day long.

@Vawlkus also points out some really nice features on Tesla with being able to warm the car and defrost the windows from across the country, if need be.

The only area where I would say some ICE cars are better in winter are with respect to the heating and defrosting. Don't get me wrong...they aren't bad... I've just experienced better. Having said that... I drive without a jacket all winter long, so heating has never really been an issue for me, as I prefer a bit of a cooler car.
 
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Doug_G

Lead Moderator
Apr 2, 2010
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Fantastic. Excellent winter driver. I've driven Tesla as a daily driver through six winters now.

Get the long range pack for sure - you need the extra power.

Heating is a big deal if the car is cold soaked... which happens a lot of course. Once it's warmed up the extra energy use is mainly aerodynamic drag (this is exactly the same as an ICE car). Expect 20% - 30% more power draw at highway speeds in a nice toasty warm car... expect double to triple for short trips if the car is stone cold.

AWD is really helpful, though you can most certainly get by without if you have good snow tires (I did five winters with my previous RWD Tesla).
 

CFinVancouver

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Jun 3, 2016
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Vancouver
If you include rainy Vancouver weather as winter, the auto wipers are sub par. They tend to be too slow or too fast, rarely matching conditions. I find the long periods between wipes disconcerting sometimes. I can drive a city block sometimes with a window full of light rain. Good thing there is the button single wipe for these cases. New blades and a clean window didn't really make a difference.
 

S'toon

Knows where his towel is
Apr 23, 2015
3,702
3,748
AB
If you include rainy Vancouver weather as winter, the auto wipers are sub par. They tend to be too slow or too fast, rarely matching conditions. I find the long periods between wipes disconcerting sometimes. I can drive a city block sometimes with a window full of light rain. Good thing there is the button single wipe for these cases. New blades and a clean window didn't really make a difference.
Nobody on the entire planet counts rainy Vancouver weather as winter.
 

Osteolog

Member
Apr 19, 2018
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79
Toronto
Anyone want to comment on Tesla where you are nowhere near a service center?

It's certainly a significant concern. I don't want to dissuade anyone from getting something they want, but it'd be a huge pain in the ass to flatbed your car from Saskatchewan to Calgary if something serious were to happen to it. I can't think of any car I want more than a Tesla, but I probably wouldn't buy one if I had to go that far to get to a service centre.
 

sauce

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Jun 28, 2015
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CSU3
To me the Model S everything I've previously driven in winter straight out of the water. Or snow. Or sludge, or whatever.:D

I can say I've driven last winter in pretty much every possible conditions you could expect and it's been a pleasure every time. This is bar none the best damn winter car I've ever had the chance of driving. :cool:
 

Hugh Mannity

Mediocre Member
Jul 31, 2014
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Calgary, AB
Nobody has really spoken about winter temps. - 40 is no issue with a Tesla, sure you take a range hit but an ICE vehicle does as well at those extremes.

Pre heat the car’s interior and go, its excellent.
 

Vawlkus

Active Member
Feb 28, 2017
1,700
962
Halifax
do you own a Tesla now?

I feel I can handle the pain of having to drive 800 km once a year to get minor things fixed, but my wife may not be so tolerant.
Coming up on one full year of owning my Model X. Did have to have it trucked back once for a faulty junction box (had an Enterprise rental for a week), but other than that, it’s been smooth sailing. I’m actually making the road trip up to Montreal next month for my annual service.
 

Osteolog

Member
Apr 19, 2018
64
79
Toronto
I feel I can handle the pain of having to drive 800 km once a year to get minor things fixed, but my wife may not be so tolerant.

I wouldn't mind the drive either, but that assumes you're able to drive it. If you have an issue with something that prevents you from driving, it's much less pleasant.
 

HugoBoss

Member
Aug 4, 2017
373
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Kleinburgh
Model X, best car I've driven in winter. Get some nice snow tires and your good to go. Range does take a big hit though.

One complaint I have though.... Wife left car out and it got a nice layer of ice. I kinda forced door open then Couldn't close it. Window would not go down that tiny bit and back up, It was frozen. I had to turn on heat full blast to defrost with door slightly open. I also turned off auto folding mirrors because of freezing.
Preheat, its the way to go.

Other than that, great car
 

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