Can Electric Vehicles Tow RVs?
Electric vehicles are becoming more prevalent. Ford just released an all-electric E-Transit that looks promising for van builders and the Class B market. With more than 40 zero-emission vehicles on the market and electric trucks, SUVs, and other styles hitting the market in the next year or two, electric vehicles are set to become more popular to own than gas-powered ones.
It’s all fine and dandy to make an electric vehicle in the shape of a truck, but the question for RVers is, can it tow like a truck? The guys over at the Youtube channel Truck King put that to the test. They interviewed Andy Thomson, the owner of Can-Am RV center located in Ontario, Canada. He has outfitted his very own Tesla Model 3 with a tow package and uses it to tow his 26-foot Airstream.
That’s right, not only is an electric vehicle being used to tow a 6,000 lb trailer, it’s not a truck at all, but the Tesla Model 3 Long Range AWD car. In the video, Thomson described the work needed to install a towing package on the car and how he deals with the range hit on his travels.
With charging time included, Thomson says that in the worst-case scenario, he gets about 100 miles every three hours. One of those hours is charging the car at a charging station. Thomson explained that being able to go into the trailer and grab a bite to eat or rest for a bit makes the drive quite relaxing. Even though it takes a bit longer, he says he can still make it three hundred to four hundred miles a day more.
The Truck King team was given the chance to get behind the wheel and see how the Model 3 towed the Airstream themselves. They seemed quite impressed with the handling, torque, and lack of sway from the low center of gravity. Indeed watching the video showed super responsive lane changes and flawless merging speeds on the freeway.
Howard Elmer from Truck King at one point remarked, “Wow! Is that trailer ever connected? Like it feels like it’s part of the vehicle.” Later he summed up the torque and responsiveness by exclaiming, “Damn, it feels good!”
Part of the super responsiveness is due to the fact that electric vehicles have almost instantaneous torque from their electric motors. There is no need for the RPMs to rev up to speed for power. From the moment the pedal is pressed, the electric motor can deliver all the torque you need.
The future of electric vehicles
Electric vehicles’ ability to be a viable alternative to their gas-powered counterparts hinges on them being able to do the things gas-powered cars have been doing for us for decades. If an electric car can tow a 6,000 lb trailer like it’s nothing, the new electric trucks hitting the market in the next year or two will have no problems handling trailers, fifth wheels, and more.
You can watch the full Truck King video and see how well the Tesla Model 3 AWD handles an Airstream for yourself.
Also check out our previous article on Will This Be The Next Class B Camper Trend?