Tesla Tyres FAQs and Answers

Tesla needs no introduction as Elon Musk and his team have all but revolutionised the EV market. With a bigger selection of Tesla models on the road today, more people are asking about Tesla tyres. In this quick-fire guide, we answer some of the most frequently asked questions about EV tyres so you can make a more informed decision.

Do I Need Special Tyres For A Tesla?

Since Tesla is a high-performance vehicle, it requires the best in tyre technology and design to ensure optimum performance. The tyres for a Tesla are optimally designed to handle the high, instant torque of its electric powertrain while maximising safety. As such, Tesla always uses radial tyres made from the highest quality rubber with thicker sidewalls for maximum durability.

Tyres for Tesla are designed to deliver a smooth ride and very low rolling resistance for maximum range. That is why Elite Garages recommends only fitting approved Tesla (OE tyres) which can be identified by special T0, T1 and T2 markings on the sidewall. T0 tyres and T1 tyres are specially designed to provide:

  • superior grip
  • a smooth, quiet drive
  • low rolling resistance to maximise EV range

Can You Use Any Type Of Tyre On A Tesla?

In theory, Tesla uses the same types of tyres as combustion engine cars but with a few small, but important upgrades. While you certainly can fit normal tyres on a Tesla, provided they fit, you probably shouldn’t. Remember, Tesla cars are high-performance machines and require a higher quality tyre than traditional ones.

Which Tyre Is Best For A Tesla?

This is often a difficult question to answer since it largely depends on your Tesla model, application, budget and driving style. If you want a performance tyre with the most grip in summer, you’ll want one type of tyre and another if you want a tyre with low noise and decent grip. As advanced as technology may be, there is no one tyre that does everything perfectly. The best advice we can give you is to weigh up your options based on the following:

  • Cost of the tyre
  • Type of driving (road only, some track driving or lots of winter driving, etc.)
  • The noise level of the tyre
  • Grip levels
  • Tyre Wear levels
  • Cold weather performance
  • Wet road handling
  • Fuel economy

Who Supplies Tesla?

While several tyre manufacturers have developed Tesla tyres, including Pirelli, Hankook and Continental, Michelins are fitted to more than 50% of Tesla cars. Using specialised technologies, tyre manufacturers can greatly enhance the driving experience and ensure optimum performance, safety and durability. Through stringent testing, the manufacturer can ensure their OE tyres meet the highest standards. Here are some examples of tyres for your Tesla, in no particular order:

  • Michelin Pilot Sport 3 T0
  • Michelin Pilot Sport 4S T0
  • Pirelli PZero XL
  • Conti SportContact 5p
  • Hankook Ventus S1 EVO2
  • Pirelli SCORPION™ ZERO™ ASIMMETRICO (Urban) (Summer)
  • Pirelli SCORPION™ ZERO ALL-SEASON (Noise Cancelling) (All-Season)
  • Michelin Latitude Sport 3 Acoustic
  • Michelin Pilot Sport 4S Acoustic

Do Tesla Cars Have Run-Flats?

Although Tesla offers several options, none of their cars has run-flats. Tesla hasn’t stated why they don’t fit run-flat tyres but the common assumption is due to performance. Since run-flats are designed to keep going even if they have a puncture, this may negatively impact ride quality and range compared to regular EV tyres.

Does A Tesla Tyre Wear Out Fast?

Since electric vehicles develop instance torque and mind-blowing acceleration, their tyres often wear out faster than normal. However, Tesla only chooses the best premium versions of standard tyres with thicker sidewalls and high-quality rubber for enhanced durability. Once again, driving habits also play a big part as driving too fast or hitting the brakes too hard can wear out even the best tyres.

Should I Get Tesla To Replace My Tyres?

While Tesla does sell tyres, they are not a full-blown tyre stockist or fitment centre. More often than not, it’s better to buy tyres for your Tesla from a reputable tyre company instead of a car manufacturer as you usually won’t have any issues with stock or selection.

What Do Tesla Tyres Cost?

Due to the higher-quality materials used, EV tyres are often more expensive than tyres for internal combustion engine cars. The price of Tesla tyres varies greatly depending on the manufacturer and the tyre type. For more information about our range of tyres and to get the latest prices, please contact us.

When Do I Replace A Tyre?

Knowing when to replace a tyre is an important part of vehicle maintenance as it helps maximise safety, performance and fuel efficiency. You should replace your tyres when they are damaged in any way or when the tread has worn down to the minimum legal tread depth, which is 1.6 mm. However, some industry experts recommend replacing your tyres at 3 mm.

Lumps or bulges can be a sign of damage to the tyre structure which can lead to more serious problems. If you notice something lodged in your tyres like a nail, screw or glass, leave it in until you can get to a garage. Often, pulling it out could actually result in air escaping faster, leaving you stranded with a flat tyre. In addition to visual checks, keep an eye on how your car drives and feels.

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EV Servicing At Elite Garages

Today, there are several hybrids and EVs on the road but if you own either a Tesla Roadster, Model S, Model X SUV, Model 3 or the stunning Model Y crossover, make sure you buy the best tyres for your driving requirements.

With a bigger focus on electrification of the automotive sector, Elite Garages have embraced the move towards a greener future. We’ve acquired all the necessary equipment to provide EV servicing while our expert technicians are IMI Level 3 trained for electric vehicle system repair and maintenance.

We also have a large selection of budget, mid-range and performance tyres from all the major manufacturers. If you’re looking for Tesla tyres, contact your nearest Elite Garages and talk to our team if you’re unsure or for more information.