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Oct 15

rear wheel plow


im in Michigan and we get plenty of snow here. I'm imagining the difficulty driving through fresh snow in the center of the road. I am imagining a removable spring loaded plow to scoop away snow before driving hough it.

I'm in New England, and we get a lot of snow here, too. Driving any car in fresh snow, or that has a different track width than the first vehicle - or on a different path than the first vehicle, will be the same as driving the Aptera. On this current design, having all 3 wheels powered - with traction control, it won't be a problem. Winter tires are a must, for any vehicle driven in snow - 2WD, 4WD, or AWD without winter tires, don't cut it. With good winter tires, then fresh snow is better than with any number of driven wheels. And the snow plows and sand / salt trucks do clear things up, eventually.

I imagine the traction of all three wheels with computer controlled instantaneous tractions control, this car will do as well as any front wheel car if not better.

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