Towing with an Electric Vehicle (EVs), is it time to switch from fuel?


Navigating the shift from traditional fuel to electric power for your towing needs involves a few key considerations. We're here to guide you through the ins and outs of towing with electric vehicles (EVs).



Getting to Know Electric Vehicles and Towing

While the idea of electric vehicles flexing their high torque and robust motors might seem like a perfect fit for towing, it's crucial to recognise that not all EVs are designed with towing in mind.


Can Electric Vehicles Tow?

While electric vehicles have yet to match the towing capabilities of top-tier petrol or diesel engines (capable of pulling up to 3500kg), there are still numerous choices for those seeking to tow and transition to an EV.  However, it's important to note that not all EVs have received official approval for towing, despite their technical capability.

Why Aren't All Electric Vehicles Towing-Approved?

Various factors come into play when determining whether an electric car is suitable for towing:

  • Motor Strain: Adding the weight of a trailer or caravan can strain electric motors.
  • Braking Ability: EVs are already heavier due to batteries, putting additional strain on the braking system when towing.
  • Regenerative Braking: The system may not handle the extra weight of a trailer, potentially overloading the vehicle's electronic systems.
  • Range: Towing significantly affects an EV's range, a key consideration for broader towing adoption.

Pros of Towing with an Electric Vehicle

Despite the challenges, there are compelling advantages to towing with an electric vehicle:

  • Emission Reduction: EVs produce zero emissions, making them an eco-friendly towing option.
  • Instant Torque: Electric motors deliver maximum torque from the start, potentially enhancing towing efficiency.
  • Clean Air Zones: EV ownership may save you from charges or restrictions in cities with clean air zones.

Cons of Towing with an Electric Vehicle

However, there are downsides to consider as well:

  • Reduced Range: Towing diminishes an EV's range significantly.
  • Extended Charging Time: More frequent charging is necessary, and EV charging can be time-consuming.
  • Charging Station Availability: Charging infrastructure is improving but may not be as widespread as petrol stations, especially in remote areas.

Choosing the Right Electric Vehicle for Towing

When selecting an electric vehicle for towing, factors such as towing capacity, torque, battery life, and charging time come into play.

Towing capacity varies, but several certified models handle small to medium-sized caravans. Notable choices include the Tesla Model X and Model 3, the Volvo XC40 Recharge, the Hyundai Ioniq 5, and the Audi E-Tron.

The Future of Towing with Electric Vehicles

The electric vehicle landscape is evolving rapidly, promising more towing-capable models and improved technology. As the demand grows, we can anticipate more charging stations to accommodate electric vehicle towing needs.

For now, research is key. Choose an electric vehicle that's towing-approved for a smooth and enjoyable towing experience. The future holds promise, with increased towing options and advancements in battery technology likely to extend ranges.


Happy Towing :)