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.
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.