Submitted by cablechewer on March 23, 2011
So you have been at work all day and the weather has turned nasty. A combination of freezing rain, snow and sleet has been falling since lunch time. You walk out to your Model S and see it is thoroughly encased in ice and snow.
Will the door handles still come out? Are you screwed if you left your snow brush, scraper and de-icer in the car? Do the door handles remain extended when the car is off?
Usually I would expect the wind to keep at least one handle free of ice, but that is by no means a certainty. There might be a separate question of sturdiness for the handles if a bit of water gets into the seals around the door and ice glues them shut (about 20 years ago I damaged a handle on my mother's car trying to overcome this kind of ice seal).
It is probably too early to test this, but hopefully Tesla gets a chance to consider it.