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Tesla Model 3 Doesn’t Do Well in First Winter Test

As winter rolls around in Canada and the northern United States, new Tesla Model 3 owners are getting their first look at how the new EV handles cold weather. So far, reports aren’t great.

Electrek.co’s Fred Lambert witnessed the issues first hand as he tried to get into his own Model 3 in below freezing weather.

Simply put, the door handles refused to pop out. The problem doesn’t seem isolated either as a few other owners took to social media to express their frustrations as temperatures start to drop in northern regions.

It wasn’t just the handles either. One reddit user mentioned that his window was frozen in place even after having started the car for 30 minutes. The window is supposed to go down slightly once the door handle pops out in order to open the door. In this case, the handle was fine, but the window didn’t go down for hours which means the user couldn’t get in.

Tesla is apparently aware of the issue and is looking into it.

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