Tesla Model 3 Patents Reveal More Concrete Wheel Information

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JUL 4 2017 BY EVANNEX 26

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Spy photo of a matte black Tesla Model 3 (Reddit: waylaidwanderer)


On Twitter, Tesla CEO Elon Musk teased “News on Sunday” and he delivered.

In a series of tweets, Musk revealed:

“Model 3 passed all regulatory requirements for production two weeks ahead of schedule. Expecting to complete SN1 on Friday.” Then he followed up by announcing: “Handover party for first 30 customer Model 3’s on the 28th! Production grows exponentially, so Aug should be 100 cars and Sept above 1500.” He concluded by saying, “Looks like we can reach 20,000 Model 3 cars per month in Dec.”

Wow… it’s happening! So what’s the takeaway from Musk’s tweets? Teslarati speculates that, “Musk did not explicitly state what ‘SN1’ meant, it’s largely presumed to signify serial number 1 or the first official production Model 3 vehicle.”

Furthermore, it’s likely that, “With less than four weeks remaining before the first vehicles are handed over to their new owners, Tesla will likely do a limited launch of the Model 3 Design Studio to early customers. Musk noted during Tesla’s recent annual shareholder’s meeting that the initial rollout of the online configurator will provide buyers with a choice of color and wheel type.”

*This article comes to us courtesy of EVANNEX (which also makes aftermarket Tesla accessories). Authored by Matt Pressman.

Above: Silver Tesla Model 3 release candidate spotted in Beverly Hills (Youtube: mediaamerica)

We can get a good sense of the colors that will be offered by checking out Model 3 spy shots revealed over the past few weeks.

But, what wheel types will be available? That information seems to have been leaked via patents filed by Tesla and published online recently. According to X Auto World:

“Since Tesla has actually filed patents and got approval on all three wheel designs [see below] we can be sure that final production Model 3s will have Wheels not just wheel covers over basic rims even if the release candidates have similar looking wheel caps.”

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Tesla patents reveal three wheel designs (Source: X Auto World)

V-Spoke Wheel Design“This wheel design first appeared on the Model 3 at the initial unveil evening on the Silver Model 3 prototype. These wheels are the most commonly seen on the Model 3 release candidates spotted frequently for the last few months. The v-spoke terminology is popular among the Tesla enthusiast community referring to the 10 spokes forming 5 beautiful V shapes of the wheel. Let’s compare v-spoke wheel design submitted for the patent by Tesla with the real wheel seen on a release candidate recently spotted at Harris Ranch.”

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Left: V-Spoke wheel design submitted by Tesla for patent and approved on 20th June, 2017 – Link to detailed Patent PDF. Right: V-Spoke wheel as spotted on a Model 3 production candidate. Photo by: u/WattLOL (Source: X Auto World)

Aero Wheel Design. “This wheel also made it’s first public appearance at the first unveil event evening on the Gray Model 3 prototype last year, but since than it was never seen in a leaked picture of a prototype, alpha or release candidate. Until the day came when after the VIP Tesla factory tour Andrew Batiuk and Co. found a blue Model 3 with these aero wheels on their spy mission that lead them to a secret Tesla facility as well. Let’s compare the patented design with a Model 3 release candidate’s wheel in the real world.”

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Left: Aero wheel design submitted by Tesla for patent and approved on 6th June, 2017 – Link to detailed Patent PDF. Right: Aero wheel as spotted on a blue Model 3 production candidate. More photos by OP on Imgur. (Source: X Auto World)

Wind Turbine Wheel Design. “Tesla got the approval on the wind-turbine wheel design as Tesla fans refer to this one (pic below). This design has only been seen on the first Model 3 unveil event last year and has been out of the public eye since. The Model S wind turbine wheel design is much different than this one and in my opinion looks better in comparison but for a $35 k mass produced electric-car it’s not bad at all. Let’s compare the patented design to the only time we saw this on a red Model 3 at the initial unveil evening.”

Note: this wheel was also seen during the initial Gigafactory tour.

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Left: Wind-Turbine wheel design submitted by Tesla for patent and approved on 6th June, 2017 – Link to detailed Patent PDF. Right: Wind-Turbine wheel as seen on a red Model 3 prototype at the unveil event last year. Photos by: Tesla. (Source: X Auto World)

This last wheel design appears least likely to make it into production since we haven’t spotted it on any release candidates. However, it’s conceivable that the wheel could be offered later as an option for the Model 3 dual motor “ludicrous” performance model. In any event, we’re looking forward to seeing the Model 3 configurator soon on Tesla’s website. There’s much more to come once that’s finally revealed.

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26 Comments on "Tesla Model 3 Patents Reveal More Concrete Wheel Information"

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It has concrete wheels?!?!???!

More concrete information on wheels.

I don’t like the aero and wind turbine design. They look too much like cheap plastic covers.
Aero wheels are usually very unpopular and not worth offering. I wish they made a nice alternative to the 5Vs wheels.

Would be better with more contrast but as is it does look cheap

It’s a joke, son. A joke.

John in AA exclaimed:

“It has concrete wheels?!?!???!”

That was my immediate reaction, too.

I guess that’s a great way to save costs, but isn’t the unsprung weight a problem?


Happy Independence Day to everyone, and God bless America!


God bless us, EVERYONE.

I hate the black one! And that’s going to be the standard huh?

Uh-oh. Don’t you know that it’s heresy on InsideEVs to say you don’t like your cars in black? Take care; you may be excommunicated!

But seriously, I don’t care for the semi-gloss/satin finish, which for some reason auto makers mis-label “matte” black. If it’s black, it definitely needs to be glossy. I’ve seen some nice satin finishes in, for example, electric blue (and why the heck does no EV maker offer electric blue!?!?!?), but this finish just looks dull. Not as dull as actual matte black, which would be as dull as primer or rust, but dull enough.

(I prefer a gloss black unless, of course, it’s the 100% non-reflective, true black of the Heart of Gold spaceship, from the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series. That would be much cooler! …atho rather dangerous, as it would be very hard for other drivers to see how close the car was to them.)

Chevy Spark EV was offered in Electric Blue

I hope Chevy wasn’t trying to pass this pale sky blue off as “electric blue”?

Now, the team who built the Electric Blue race car understand what the proper color for an EV is! 🙂

(I hope Jay Cole will forgive my heresy regarding black vs. electric blue.)

I was referring to the ugly black wheels!

In my opinion the only one that looks good is the V-spoke. I wouldn’t want the other 2 for free.

width? diameter?

Definitely prefer the V or turbine. A black chrome powder coat would look great with a black or blue car.

Those wheels are all directional. Will there be right and left versions as BMW offered on 2014 i3’s with directional wheels? Or will the same wheels be offered on both sides of the same axle such that the wheels would rotate in one direction on the right side and the other, on the left side as BMW started doing on 2015 and later i3’s?

The turbine wheel as pictured would pump air from under the car to the outside when driving forward.

They’re not directional per se… in that even though they are not radially symmetrical, they don’t look like they’re put on incorrectly on one side versus the other.

The Volt’s wheels were similarly asymmetrical and looked fine. I suspect the same will be true here.

I dig the black rims on the matt M3 in the spy photo.

Where are the lug nuts?

They are going to charge extra for the lug nuts….as well as the holes to mount them to the auto….Elon has to make money somewhere…lol

Is it not permitted to put aftermarket wheels on a Tesla?

Awesome! No lug nuts! No more driving around with nuts exposed. Most people seem to have dirty nuts. I like it. Now are the nuts simply covered, or is there an actual knockoff center hub?

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

The Nuts are shriveled up inside to hide them.

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

I’ll take whichever is the lightest/least weight.

Whatever offers the best range, ride and lowest price tires for me. Wheels seems like a very cost effective means of improving range.