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Tesla Model 3 Aero Wheels Are Overloaded With Salt!

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When there is a great uncertainty over something, the common phrase you would hear is “to take it with a grain of salt”. Well, if salt is the key ingredient for uncertain matters, then the Aero Wheels that are made for the Tesla Model 3 are clearly full of it.

Tesla announced on the Aero Wheels earlier today when they shared that the wheels are offered as an add-on to the Model 3 purchase. They are designed to be lighter and more aerodynamic than the standard wheels and Tesla quoted a 10% improvement in driving range.

This is when we started sneezing due to our ‘bullshit’ allergies. 10% range is a big margin improvement and it can’t just happen due to some wheel change. Otherwise, Tesla would have turned Aero Wheels into a stock offering. Even if it is not for the Model 3, the Model S should have worn it from start.

We are still amazed that Tesla has made the bold decision to eliminate all dashboard buttons hence being timid in turning Aero Wheels into a standard is not an acceptable excuse at all.

With that being said, the Aero Wheels on the Model 3 would definitely improve range and performance but not by 10%. It is probably 1% at best. Tesla is merely screaming numbers to make it sound attractive.

2 Comments

  1. Rob Stark

    August 27, 2017 at 11:21 pm

    Aero Wheels are standard on the Model 3. They are wheel covers that can be put on and off the standard 18″ alloys.

    They improve range up to 10%. At a steady 75 MPH.

    Yes, 1-2% improvement in city driving.

    Aero wheels were a no cost option on the early Model S but customers did not order them because they thought they were ugly.

  2. kent beuchert

    August 28, 2017 at 4:25 am

    It is incorrect to provide a single figure (10%) for the effects of reduction in aero drag (which is what this claim amounts to) – aerodynamic drag is an exponential, not linear function, with respect to speed. Double your car’s speed and you quadruple its aerodynamic drag. Obviously this Tesla guy follows the trend of that company, which exaggerates practically everything. But let’s assume that these wheel covers increase distance their greatest amount (at legal driving speeds), and that occurs at Interstate speeds of 70MPH. That means that at 35MPH, they must decrease drag by 4 times less, or roughly 1.8%. A car’s average speed off of the Interstates is likely somewhere between 25 and 40 MPH (I’m talking average speed, not cruising speed). At normal driving speeds the increase in range would not be detectable. But for trips these wheeel covers are of value, and will be used and are useful.
    Trips are the only times when a Tesla owner will have any concerns about driving range. Around town, any electric that gets over 200 miles of range (they all do these days) will not have a driving range problem.
    However, the idea of carrying these wheel covers in your trunk and then installing them fr a trip and then removing them is not
    very convenient.