Tesla Model Y – Gemini vs Induction Wheels

Wondering which wheels to get when you are ordering your new Tesla Model Y?

Or maybe you just want a spare tire in case of a flat! (Tesla’s don’t come with one) or you might need winter tires and be using these with the winter tire package.

The two most common wheels on the Model Y are the Gemini and the Induction Wheels.

If you order a Model Y Long Range model you can actually choose between the two.

Which one should you get through – the 19 inch Gemini or the 20 inch induction wheels?

Model Y Gemini Wheels vs Induction Wheels
Model Y Gemini Wheels vs Induction Wheels

The Main Difference Between Gemini and Induction Wheels

The main difference between Gemini and Induction wheels is their size and shape.

The Geminis are small wheels at 19 inches and have a more aerodynamic silver wheel cover.

Model Y Gemini wheel without Aerodynamic Cover
Model Y Gemini wheel without Aerodynamic Cover

Underneath the cover is a more standard steel wheel that some people actually like a lot. You can always store the wheel covers for longer trips where aerodynamics is more important for range (between 1-5% range difference). After all, that is why they have these less attractive wheel covers!

The Induction rims are larger wheels at 20 inches and have a gray/black curved metal shape to them. There is no specific cover, except over the center bolts.

For most people, the Gemini wheels are the less stylish of the two Tesla wheels, but they both come with advantages and disadvantages. Let’s take a closer look.

Related: Check out our guide on Tesla Tire Rotation

Gemini Wheels

The Gemini wheels are the more standard wheels on the Model Y as they come with the base model and as an option on the Long Range. Here are their pros and cons:


  • Cheaper
  • More aerodynamic giving a longer range
  • Wheel covers are removable
  • Marginally softer / smoother ride


  • Not as stylish
  • Smaller diameter

Induction Wheels

The Induction wheels cost $2000 as an option on the Model Y Long Range version. They are considered the more stylish and modern of the two wheels but there is more to it than that.


  • More stylish and modern
  • Larger diameter


  • More expensive
  • Slightly rougher ride
  • Wheel covers not removable

Note: The Model Y is also expecting some exciting new tech in 2022 with the introduction of the 4680 batteries, structural battery pack and Giga castings! Some would say you should wait to buy your Tesla, but others disagree!

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