Can You Tow With An Electric Car?
Electric vehicles are known to be extremely powerful cars. With instant torque from a standstill, most have the capacity to tow anything, from trailers all the way to caravans. But whilst they may have the necessary power, only a certain number of electric cars have actually been homologated to tow.
If you are unsure what the rules are when it comes to towing with electric cars, or if your current electric vehicle is suitable for towing, this blog will provide you with the information you need. Keep reading to find out the most popular electric towing cars of 2023.
This blog will cover the following:
- Can all electric cars tow?
- What are the rules for towing with an electric car?
- Popular electric towing cars of 2023
- Which towbars can I use on my electric car?
Can all electric cars tow?
The short answer is no. The reason for this is that towing is not something that the majority of electric cars are designed to do. A huge selling point of some electric cars compared to others, is the distance the car can travel on a fully charged battery. If an electric car is approved for towing, the range and efficiency of the car would be drastically reduced which can be seen as bad press in the world of electric motors. Electric cars are also typically heavier than petrol and diesel cars due to the chunky batteries that replace the petrol engine. So, the extra weight of a caravan or trailer on the back can be thought of as unsafe travelling at certain speeds.
Having said that, there still is a plethora of electric cars that are approved for towing, which can be fitted with a towbar for your hauling pleasure.
What are the rules for towing with an electric car?
What you can tow depends on the maximum towing limit of your vehicle which can be confirmed by your vehicle manufacturer. The best What you can tow depends on the maximum towing limit of your vehicle which can be confirmed by your vehicle's manufacturer. The best electric vehicles for towing are usually rear-wheel drive, but there is also a good amount of type-approved electric vehicles, like the Nissan Leaf, which is front-wheel drive.
Electric vehicles generally make fantastic towing vehicles. They have the torque and the stability in their weight. But, attaching a heavy trailer can dramatically affect the car's aerodynamics and can impact the range of the vehicle on a full battery.
As long as your electric vehicle has been type approved to tow, and what you're towing does not go over the towing weight of the vehicle, you can pretty much tow anything!
If you're wondering what exactly to tow behind your vehicle, here are a few options:
- Two-wheeled dollies
- Can you tow a caravan with an electric car?
A-frames can be used for a variety of different things, including the transportation of other vehicles and heavy loads.
Two-wheeled dollies are handy for towing other cars that have broken down or are unable to drive. With this type of dolly, one set of the car's tires, front or rear, is on the ground, while the other end is suspended on the dolly.
As long as your trailers contents does not go over the towing capacity of your electric vehicle, you can use a trailer to lug almost anything! However, you may need a trailer with a braking system if it is over 750kg when fully loaded.
Caravans are handy for stopping and staying almost anywhere, but make sure that your electric car is capable of towing your caravan, and it doesn't weigh more than the MAM (maximum authorised mass).
Popular electric towing cars of 2023
The idea of gliding through the countryside in near silence with a caravan in tow sounds like the makings of a very relaxing holiday. Whilst some electric cars aren't made with towing in mind, there are plenty of electric cars that are. But which electric cars can do the job? Here is a list of some most popular electric cars that have been type-approved to tow.
- BMW iX
- Tesla Model X
- BMW i7
- Genesis Electrified GV70
- Audi Q8 E-tron
- Mercedes EQS SUV
- Mercedes-Benz EQC
- Mercedes-Benz EQA
A vehicle's towing capacity is dependent on the vehicle's manufacturer and not the towbar itself. All our
towbars are designed to meet the vehicle's full towing capacity. The towing capacity of all these vehicles is located in the table below so you can check if it can do the job you require.
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Which towbars can I use on my electric car?
We sell a range of Towbars that are suitable for use on electric cars. Our range of towbars differ in look and versatility and the range consists of the following:
Fixed Flange: This towbar is permanently attached and is ideal for serious towing, including caravans and boats.
Detachable Flange: This towbar is just as robust as the fixed flange, but the detachable flange comes with the added benefit of being removable. Which is perfect for if you want to keep the original aesthetic of your electric car.
Fixed Swan Neck: This towbar has a sleeker design than the flange, but does the same job.
Detachable Swan Neck: This towbar has the same visuals as the fixed swan, but is also detachable, helping you keep the original look of the car.
Retractable Towbar: This towbar is permanently attached, but is ideal for owners of electric cars that want to keep the cars original visuals. This towbar can be folded away out of sight, and used when you need it.
Check out our range of towbars now and see what works for your electric car.
So, if you're all ready to get your electric car on the road, it's time to explore! As long as everything is carefully loaded, and is secure in place, you should have no problem!