A new Tesla Model Y prototype was spotted with new wheels that might be aftermarket wheels — strange for a prototype?
In March of last year, Tesla unveiled the Model Y, an all-electric crossover based on the Model 3, with up to 300 miles of range.
Over the second half of 2019, Tesla has been conducting some Model Y tests on public roads.
The Model Y prototype sightings ramped up with several different vehicles spotted mainly in California and on the West Coast.
Tesla has been ramping up its tests on public roads, and several more Model Y prototypes have been spotted in testing.
Electrek reader and Tesla enthusiast Avi Horowitz spotted another Model Y prototype on the 280 in San Mateo, California last week:
Like almost all Model Y prototype sightings to date, this prototype has a chrome delete, but the most interesting thing on this prototype are the wheels.
They don’t look like any wheel we have seen on a Model Y before.
It’s hard to tell from the video, but Horowitz, who saw them in person, believes that they could be blacked out forged rims from Tsporline, a Tesla tuner and aftermarket Tesla accessory manufacturer.
We have seen several new wheels on Tesla Model Y prototypes in the last few months, but it would be strange to have aftermarket wheels on a prototype vehicle that isn’t in production yet.
When unveiling the Model Y earlier this year, Tesla said that it plans to bring the vehicle to production in fall 2020.
The automaker has since accelerated the Model Y production program.
CEO Elon Musk said that he expects Tesla to hit volume Model Y production by mid-2020, which means that production would start in the next few months.
In the meantime, Tesla is road-testing the electric crossover around the US, and we are getting more reports of prototype sightings.
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