Complete Guide to Winter Tires for your EV

Every season as snow starts to fall, vehicles smash into each other as they struggle to stop and turn. Don’t chance your safety, or your new EV!

Best Price Winter Tires

If you’re considering snow tires for your electric vehicle, here are some current promotions happening to help you save some money headed into the holiday season.

Buy four select GoodYear tires by December 31, 2019 and you can receive a $75 prepaid Mastercard. Offer good on Goodyear Ultra Grip Ice WRT and WinterCommand tires.
Continental is offering a $70 Visa prepaid card on purchases of 4 Continental tires, including their VikingContact 7 winter tires, and their WinterContact SI snow tires. Valid until November 30, 2019

Do I need snow tires for my electric car?

While winter tires can be a personal choice for you, it’s important to realize that most summer tires, and even some all-season tires, really aren’t designed with cold weather in mind. The need for electric vehicle winter tires is not at all an indication of your driving ability, but it is definitely an indication of your importance on the safety of you and your passengers.

If you live in an area that sees winter temperatures below 40 degrees F or 5 degrees C, then you need either all-season tires, or specific snow tires. Those are the temperatures that summer tires become too hard to achieve sufficient grip on the road.

In fact, in some areas of the world, snow tires are mandatory between certain dates. In Europe, there are 17 countries with mandatory winter tire use including Norway and Germany where many electric vehicles have been sold. In North America, only Quebec requires snow tires on passenger vehicles with other areas in North America requiring snow tires on certain mountain passes at certain times of year.

Winter tires are specifically designed to maintain flexibility (and thus grip ability and traction) in cold temperatures and on ice and snow. From the compounds used in winter tires to help them remain flexible, to the tread patterns especially designed to release snow and not get packed full of ice, a good set of snow tires can decrease your stopping distance by moire than double! That means if stopping from 40mph takes you 150 feet on winter tires, it takes more than 360 feet on summer tires and means you’ll be visiting the collision repair shop. src

For my EV, what are the best winter tires?

The best snow tires for an electric vehicle are also the best snow tires for an ICE vehicle. However, most ICE drivers are not concerned with the impact on fuel economy that winter tires may have. For an EV driver that is concerned with overall range, and also has to deal with the decrease in winter range to do heating needs and also cold battery pack inefficiencies, then a low rolling resistance tire will likely be more important to you than most.

Also, depending on what electric vehicle you own (specifically the BMW i3), you may have specific size requirements that really limit your choices to vehicle specific tires. If that’s you, keep reading.

BMW i3 Winter Tires

The BMW i3 has a unique tire size, so your snow tire choice is limited. Currently, 2 companies make winter tires that are 155/70 R 19. Note that both of these are 19 inch tires, so if you have the 20″ stock alloys, you’ll need to find some 19″ wheels to mount them on. source

Nokian Tyres Hakkapeliitta R2 Winter Tire

The Nokian Hakkapeliitta is the only ‘A’ rated energy efficient winter tire. While the winter performance isn’t quite as good as the Bridgestone, it has a lower rolling resistance.

Available online from MyTyres.co.uk

Bridgestone Blizzak LM-500 Winter Tire
Available from TireRack.com, MyTyres.co.uk

Tesla Model 3 Winter Tires / Model 3 Snow Tires

If you are looking for an easy and done wheel and tire package for your Model 3, the official online Tesla Store has a Aero wheel and winter tire package that includes the Pirelli Winter Sottozero tires. However, there is a note stating the package isn’t compatible with the Model 3 Performance Dual Motor All-Wheel Drive configured with the performance upgrade.

Pirelli Sottozero 2 or 3 available online at Amazon.com, TireRack.com and MyTyres.co.uk

Tesla Model 3 Performance Winter Tires

If you are looking to maintain peak performance throughout the winter season, the field of choices for a performance snow tire narrows to only a few choices.

Pirelli Sottozero 2 or 3

A performance winter tire, the Sottozeros are good for driving on curvy back roads during mild winter weather. These are winter tires for people who aren’t willing to sacrifice the typical extra noise and imprecise feel that most snow tires offer. Available online from Amazon.com, TireRack.com and MyTyres.co.uk

Bridgestone Blizzak LM-32

The Blizzak LM-32 is a performance winter tire with great reviews and a solid history. Available online from TireRack.com and MyTyres.co.uk

Tesla Model S Winter Tires

In the official Tesla store, there is a Model S 19″ slipstream wheel and winter tire package that includes Pirelli Sottozero 3 tires and 4 wheels. After purchase, your nearest Tesla service center will contact you about setting up an appointment for installing the winter tires on your Tesla Model S.

If you want to make your own winter tire package, you can get the Pirelli Sottozero 3 from Amazon.com, TireRack.com and MyTyres.co.uk

A test was done with the Blizzak LM-32 snow tires on the Model S, and they required 7% more energy than the Continental ProContact all-season tires. If you need all the cold weather range you can get, consider a high efficiency winter tire like the LM-500 or the Nokian Hakkapaliitta

More Research on Snow Tires for EVs

Are narrower tires better for winter? (link to EV questions)

more Q and A here

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