What To Look For When Purchasing Tires for Your Tesla. If you own a Tesla or plan to purchase one, selecting the correct replacement tires when the time comes is critical to getting the maximum performance and driving range out of the car.
Automakers often acquire tires from multiple manufacturers depending on parameters such as traction and grip in dry and wet situations, rolling resistance, braking performance, noise, fuel economy impact, and tread wear.
Tesla’s tires are designed for heavy loads.
Tires for Teslas and other electric vehicles must also withstand the heavy weight of battery packs, which can weigh hundreds of pounds more than comparable internal-combustion engine vehicles. That is why Tesla mandates XL load ratings for tires on its Model S, X, Y, and most Model 3 models. (In 2022, however, Tesla reduced the tire load rating for the standard Model 3 with 18-inch Aero wheels.)
Tires with low rolling resistance assist Teslas in achieving maximum range on a full charge, as well as avoiding “range anxiety,” the worry a driver may have about the miles an electric car may reach on a charge. Tire manufacturers achieve this criterion for EVs by combining specific tread patterns with stronger compounds.
Reducing Tesla Tire Wear and Noise
According to Tesla tire supplier Hankook, the extra weight of EVs and the strong torque produced by their electric motors can hasten tire wear by around 20% when used with a non-EV tire. Tires for Teslas and other electric vehicles employ a stronger rubber mix to assist prevent excessive wear.
Because electric vehicles emit less powertrain noise than gasoline-powered vehicles, noise from wind and tires becomes more noticeable inside the car. Tesla recommends tires with noise-attenuation technology, which includes a layer of acoustic polyurethane foam that lines the tire.
Who makes Tesla tires?
In addition to Hankook, Tesla buys tires from Continental, Michelin, and Pirelli. These businesses provide all-season, performance, and winter tires for Tesla vehicles to fulfill a variety of model specifications.
Tesla’s own service locations will install the proper replacement tires. Tire retailers can also order Tesla-specific tires. Many automakers, particularly those producing luxury and performance vehicles, demand distinctive brand IDs on their certified tires. In Tesla’s case, the letter T is followed by a zero or another numeral.
Tesla owners can use non-manufacturer-specified EV tires as replacements, but they must still be correctly rated for the car. However, there are certain advantages to using the original tires that came with your Tesla. TireRack, a prominent online tire store, conducted tests that revealed that, while certain aftermarket tires enhanced the handling performance of a Tesla Model 3, they lowered driving range and increased noise slightly.
To get the maximum performance and life out of tires on any vehicle, always follow the manufacturer’s rotation and tire-pressure recommendations in the owner’s manual.