Permanent 4WD mode for slippery conditions

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Please add an “Ice mode” or similar, which sacrifices some range by keeping both motors engaged, with increased safety and comfort.

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For days with the ground covered by snow or ice, it makes a big difference whether the car has permanent 4WD with 50% power to both front and rear wheels, compared to using rear-wheel drive (Model 3) until it detects that the car slips. It may be too late to correct a situation that would not have occurred if using permanent 4WD.

Moderator: It seems the current traction control system, being instant, deals with this well. See this video: Tesla Model Y Durability Test – Off Roading on Arctic ICE That said, I’ve not driven on ice/snow in 20+years.

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     Created 27-May-2020
Fred
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I have a new Model Y and it is not the equal of our old Subaru on slippery roads. I am absolutely in agreement with this request.  Please give us the option of  "permanent'" all wheel drive for us who have to deal with Winter. It will make the Y much more adaptable  to difficult driving on any form of Winter driving surfaces! This Tesla needs to be the best of the 4 wheel deive vehicles.

John Kerns  Vin # 038004
    Created 9-Feb-2021
I have a Merc E-class with 4Matic permanent drive on all wheels, and I have real snowy/icy conditions most of the winter. The permanent 4 wheel drive sucks gasoline but is a life-saver compared to just-in-time systems that do not compare.

Just the other day, in summer conditions, I drove up my driveway which has a turn with a saddle shape. The Merc always go up without any slip (even with snow on the ground), while the Model 3 lost grip with a rear wheel and lost speed and had to activate the front wheels to recover. This was on bare ground in summertime.

So I really think an option to enable both motors permanently when the conditions are icy/snowy would improve the traction and safety, which are always my first priority.
    Created 3-Jun-2020
Fred
236