A video surfaced on YouTube that reveals long-awaited details on Tesla’s Model 3 aero wheels.
The aero wheels, which have been the focus of much debate as Model 3 fans and reservation holders discuss their aesthetic value, have removable covers that can be snapped onto Model 3s’ factory 18-inch wheels for added aerodynamic benefits.
In the video, a matte black Model 3 wheel cover is popped on and off. The best way to fit the cover onto the wheel is by using the tire valve stem as an alignment point, suggests the YouTuber. Once aligned, installing the cover is as simple as depressing it onto the wheel itself, while multiple clips latch onto each individual wheel spoke.
“Keep your thumb on the tire, pull all the way around and it just snaps right off,” the YouTuber instructs.
Model 3 aero wheel covers have prompted extended discussion in online forums about style, how to clean wheel wells and range impact. According to one forum member who claims to have spoken with a Tesla engineer, Model 3 aero wheels provide an approximate 10 percent increase in driving range.
Model 3 buyers have the option to retain the factory 18-inch wheels with removable aero wheel covers or upgrade to 19-inch Sport Wheels for an additional $1,500, according to the Model 3 online configurator.
As excitement builds for full scale production and delivery, more details will emerge on Model 3 design options and technology specifics.
For now, here’s a detailed look on how to install and remove the Model 3 aero wheel covers.