Why Are Electric Cars Not Ideal For Towing?

Electric vehicles are gradually but steadily gaining traction on the road as more automakers choose to go green. According to a 2019 research, global sales of electric vehicles surpassed 2.1 million in 2018. This is a 60% increase over the previous year. By 2020, electric vehicles will be more inexpensive, easier to drive, more powerful, and have a longer range than their predecessors. While the impact of EVs is clear, they are still not inferior to their gasoline- and diesel-powered rivals when it comes to towing. Today, we’re going to examine why electric cars aren’t quite ready to take over as the primary towing force on the road. Continue reading to learn the primary reason that electric vehicles are not better at pulling huge loads over long distances.

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The Drawbacks of Compact Battery Packs and Low Energy Density

Despite advancements in battery technology, EVs are still not nearly ready for long-distance haulage. The battery packs now available in production EVs are neither large nor powerful enough to compete with conventional ICE towing powerhouses such as the latest Ford Expedition. The Expedition boasts a 9,300-pound towing capacity, making it the highest capacity SUV currently available. In comparison, the Tesla Model 3 has a maximum towing capacity of 2,000 pounds. The same manufacturer’s X model is the first EV to include a significant rated towing capacity of 5,000 pounds. That is, however, far less than what ordinary SUVs can pull. While some may argue that comparing an SUV to a mid-size sedan is illogical, it is the only comparison we have at the moment, as we are unsure how the newly revealed Cybertruck will compare to its already proven ICE competitors. While Tesla claims the vehicle would tow 7500 pounds, we’ll have to see it in action to believe it.

What’s Holding Electric Vechiles Back?

As indicated at the beginning of this post, batteries have grown in size and capacity throughout the years. Not only is Tesla’s X model one of the first electric vehicles to include a 5000-pound towing capability, but it also comes equipped with a 100-kWh battery pack that should allow for 328 miles between charges. This, however, is true only for daily driving situations in which battery usage is fairly predictable. By adding more weight to the calculations, you can dramatically reduce the distance. In layman’s terms, distance is calculated by multiplying the energy required to power the moving vehicle by the distance traveled. When you take in the additional weight of the automobile carrying the trailer, the increased drag coefficient of the trailer, and gravity, you suddenly require a lot more energy to reach the same distance.

To summarize, EVs are capable of towing if the distance is irrelevant. If you’re expecting a lengthy drive, it’s best to stay with a conventional towing vehicle such as the Careful Towing Services. However, based on the rate at which EVs have evolved in the past, we are confident that they will catch up and eventually take over the towing game. Battery capacity is certain to increase in the next years, but battery pack size is certain to decrease. In sum, when it comes to electric automobiles, we’re in for an exciting future.

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