Tesla Model 3 snow chains for winter driving

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  1. gene

    gene Moderator

    May 19, 2016
    #1 gene, Dec 10, 2017
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    Tesla has added Model 3 snow chains to its online store just in time for winter. The alloy steel chains for Model 3 are being produced by arguably one of the most renown chain manufacturers in the world - Austria-based Pewag.

    Tesla says in its description for the $115 Model 3 accessory that they’re approved for use on vehicle’s with the standard wheels and optional 19″ wheels and 235/40R19 tires. Tesla Model 3 is offered in a standard 18″ Aero Wheel that utilizes a hub cap, rumored to provide up to a 10% increase in range, or optional 19″ Sport Wheel for $1,500.


    Model 3 factory 18″ Aero Wheel (left) vs. 19″ Sport Wheel (right)

    The company also notes that the Pewag Servo RS 77 snow chains for Model 3 are approved for use on the version of the vehicle with rear wheel drive (single motor). Tesla is expected to produce a performance variant of the Model 3 with dual motors in the second half of 2018.

    “The Servo RS 77 offers the comfort of stationary mounting and high reliability under all conditions: a snow chain that will especially satisfy frequent drivers. With square links and diagonal pattern, these easy-to-install, self-tensioning, alloy steel chains offer superior traction and a smooth ride.” reads the description on Tesla’s online store for Model 3.

    HOW TO: Installing snow chains on a Tesla Model S (VIDEO)


    Similar to Tesla’s snow chain system for Model S, the Pewag system is expected to be easier to install than traditional chains because of its self-tensioning design. Standard chains typically require a driver to tug and fit chains perfectly around a tire assembly, before pulling it together for a snug fitment. The installation of a Pewag system, on the other hand, uses a latch and quick-release mechanism that makes for easier installation. Akin to pulling a drawstring for a bag, Model 3 snow chains can be secured by pulling the loose-end of chain through the self-tensioning mechanism.

    We’ve embedded a video by Pewag that demonstrates how to install the same Servo brand snow chain being offered for Model 3.

    Article: Tesla Model 3 snow chains for winter driving
  2. Taylor S Marks

    Feb 1, 2017
    Two thoughts:
    #1 - This isn\'t \"Just in time\". It\'s late. Snow fell in Boston a day before this article was posted. And it\'s been snowing elsewhere in the US over the past week.
    #2 - I\'ve never used snow chains before... how do they compare to winter tires? Are they better? Worse? Are they bad for my wheels? Bad for the road?
  3. Null

    Null New Member

    May 26, 2017
    The Triangle
    Grew up in central n.y, chains are for really bad conditions.

    They’re illegal in many areas as they trash the roads.

    Likely they’ll mung up the rims...
  4. Not_Mandatory

    Not_Mandatory Member

    Jan 31, 2017
    Some municipalities outlaw chains since they really do rip up asphalt.

    All-season and winter tires are much better now than they used to be, so chains are less common now than 20-30 years ago. However, in hilly locales where freezing rain and sleet are more common than a dusting of snow, or in vehicles that don't have the luxury of all wheel drive or electronic traction control, they can mean the difference between being stuck on the side of the road (if the weather hits while out), or stuck at home instead of being able to make it to work (and vice versa).

    I really doubt they'll be necessary for the Model 3, however, except for the very worst case scenarios. I've been amazed at the snow traction our Model S gets...and ours is an older RWD version. It actually handles the snow better than my AWD Infinity...and it's not even very close. Score another point for millisecond-response electric drivetrains versus mechanical linkages...
  5. kim_blaise2007

    kim_blaise2007 New Member

    Dec 1, 2017
    Cables are better than chains for road tires; they are far easier to adjust & stay in place, so they wont tear up your inner fender, in the likely chance they are not adjusted properly or loose; they also wont destroy the road surface, creating crater potholes when the snow melts.
  6. Michael Russo

    Michael Russo Moderator

    Dec 16, 2016
    Pau, France
    More on snow driving... with the Model 3 and ‘all-weather’ tires... while this is intriguing, this is by no means a promotion of this approach... winter tires, get winter tires in the winter!


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