Electric vehicles have a couple of drawbacks, when it comes to winter driving, as CNET writer Tim Stevens, an EV owner who lives in a northern climate, knows from personal experience. Extreme temperatures, hot or cold, tend to have a negative effect on battery packs, reducing range.

EVs are also comparatively heavy, and often use low-rolling-resistance all-season tires, which can make them hard to handle on slippery roads. And recently, as the first wave of Model 3s began to weather their first winter, some drivers began to complain about frozen door handles and stuck windows.