Which tires for Tesla Model Y ? Original tires and compatible tires.

During our visit to Michelin in Clermont-Ferrand.

The Tesla Model Y as an SUV must have suitable tires to ensure safety and the preservation of the manufacturer's warranty

For the years 2021 - 2022 the Tesla Model Y seems to be the new must-have car for the Californian manufacturer. After two years of selling Tesla Model 3 like hotcakes Tesla seems to be catching the SUV wave in Europe. The price increase of the beginning of 2021 added to the price increase of 2022 makes appear a less heterogeneous range with higher average prices around 60 000 €.

OEM strategy for tires for Tesla

Tesla is a maligned manufacturer that has built itself on a luxurious image. On the other hand, the American giant likes to have decision-making power over its suppliers and does not want to be dependent. For this reason, the manufacturer chooses not to put all its eggs in the same basket. It allows itself to diversify supplies to limit risks. In this way, the manufacturer is less exposed to price increases, stock shortages, negotiations and even supplier bankruptcy.

For all the tires of all its cars, Tesla applies an identical strategy, one supplier / tire manufacturer per size. In this sense no monopoly and a balanced supply.

Let's start by summarizing who, what and where?


Model Y originally equipped with 19 inches

The Tesla Model Y equipped with 19 inches as standard have tires:

Hankook Ventus S1 evo3 EV 255/45R19 104W

XL: Extra Load : reinforced tire with a higher load index.
Tesla : Original equipment Tesla.

Reference Hankook Ventus S1 EVO3 K127 255/45 R19 104W XL Tesla

Model Y originally equipped with 20 inches

The Tesla Model Y equipped with 20 inches as standard have tires:

Michelin Pilot Sport EV 255/40 R20 101W

XL: Extra Load: reinforced tire with a higher load index.
Acoustic : Michelin Acoustic Technology.
Tesla original equipment: Original equipment Tesla.

Reference Michelin Pilot Sport EV 255/40 R20 101W XL Tesla Acoustic

Model Y equipped with original 21 inches

The Tesla Model Y equipped with 21 inches as standard have tires:

XL: Extra Load : reinforced tire with a higher load index.
MFS : Max Flange Shield : protection reinforcement for rim edge.
NCS : Noise Cancelling System
ELT : Electric Version
Tesla : Original equipment Tesla.

Front tires : Pirelli Pzero Luxury 255/35 R21 98W XL MFS Tesla NCS ELT
Rear tires: Pirelli Pzero Sport 275/35 R21 103W XL MFS Tesla NCS ELT

How to be compliant with Tesla?

The Californian manufacturer does not ask that the tires come specifically from a manufacturer. Tesla only asks its customers to respect the sizes recommended by the manufacturer. To do this, simply consult the user manual (available on this page in all languages) to find all the sizes according to the dimensions of the rims fitted to your Tesla

To summarize it is quite simple

Tesla Model Y Long Range (LR)

19 inches: 255 / 45R19 104W

20 inches: 255 / 40R20 101W

Tesla Model Y Performance

21 inch

255 / 35R21 98W

275 / 35R21 103W

Extract from the official user manual:

Speed and weight ratings for tires from Tesla Model Y

In addition to the dimensions of the tires for your Tesla Model Y it will be important to respect at least the indices given by the manufacturer. This is the other very important element that will make the mounting conform. The indices are easy to read, the number indicates the load index, that is to say the maximum load that the tire can take, and the letter indicates the maximum speed of the tire

If we take our Tesla Model Y we are at

19 inches : 104 = 900 kg / W = 270km/h

20 inches : 101 = 825 kg / W = 270km/h

21 inches : 98 = 750 kg / W = 270km/h

When you are looking for a tire, make sure you always respect at least these indices

Finally, winter information, in winter and ONLY in winter you will have the right to lower your speed index by one letter

That is to say:

19 inches W = 270km/h to V = 240km/h

20 inches : W = 270km/h to V = 240km/h

21 inches W = 270km/h to V = 240km/h

How to change your rims and tires on your Tesla Model Y ?

This is a very important part to read and note for the life of your car. The Tesla Model Y requires a specific handling when changing the wheel and more widely when the car is lifted. For this Tesla has provided lifting points at the 4 corners of the car to allow working in safety


  • It is strongly advised to use lifting supports (also called JackPads) to lift the car safely.
  • You will have to insert the jackpads in the specific inserts provided for this purpose under the car.
  • The car must be unplugged for any intervention.
  • Never lift the car with another lifting support and elsewhere than in these places provided for this purpose
Vue depuis le dessous du véhicule avec les points de levage indiqués en vert et les zones à éviter indiquées en rouge.
The lifting supports are the essential accessories to work safely or the accessory to have in the trunk when you go to your mechanic. For information, today only garages Euromaster are approved Tesla. However, it is possible to go elsewhere.
Find here their page which speaks about the partnership with Tesla: partnership Tesla X Euromaster.

Be careful if you have a Tesla Model Y with a structural battery pack (battery 4680)

Tesla has started its transition from the 2170 batteries to the 4680 batteries. These new batteries will make it possible to lighten the vehicles because the battery will act directly as a chassis. Moreover, all the elements of the interior of the car will be directly assembled on the structural battery and the body will be fitted on it during the phase called "marriage".

Panasonic liefert erste 4680-Zellen als Testmuster an Tesla

Tesla shows off Model Y with structural 4680 battery pack (and much more)  at Giga Fest - Drive Tesla

Berater zerlegen Tesla Model Y mit neuem 4680-Akku > teslamag.de

The method to change and lift the Tesla Model Y equipped with 4680 batteries may therefore vary a little as indicated in the US user manual.

If you are looking for a lifting support, we sell them for less than 10€ each

Pressure sensors for Tesla (TPMS)

Tesla as all manufacturers use pressure sensors in their cars, these sensors are used as feedback to allow you to have the pressure information directly on your central screen.

The Tesla Model Y has the same sensors as its little sister the Tesla Model 3 from 2021. They are therefore sensors with radio communication technology to bluetooth sensors that equip all Tesla Model Y from 2021 (in Europe we find only Tesla Model Y with bluetooth sensors because no Model Y before 2021 has been imported by Tesla for customers.

Touch-up pens for your rims from Tesla Model Y

Have your rims ever hit a curb unintentionally? Then you are at the right place to repair your rims and give them back their original shine. Indeed, at GreenDrive we have thought of you and we have developed a range of touch-up pens for bodywork but also for rims

To summarize, we have partnered with a French laboratory to create a range of pens made in France to offer you quality products, made in Europe and with a perfect compatibility.

It is necessary to use a finishing varnish to have an ideal result, both for the shine and for the durability of the paint. The varnishes are available in gloss or matte depending on the rims you have

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