In the coming months and years, electric vehicles will be capable of some serious towing. A prime example is the upcoming 2022 GMC Hummer EV, which is set to tow as much as 11,000 lbs (5,000 kg). However, if you’ve got a need to tow right now, electric vehicles may not be your best option, unless you choose one of these vehicles.
In this edition of the Shop All Cars Blog, we cover a trending topic; Electric Vehicles That Can Tow. Our short list will feature all current electric vehicles with towing capacities listed by their manufacturers. And – we’ll include one that is coming soon.
Decreased Range when Towing
An important thing to note is that range is gravely affected when towing, especially at high speeds. According to DriveTeslaCanada, towing with an electric vehicle results to about a 40-50% drop in efficiency.
When towing with an electric vehicle, we recommend maintaining a speed of about 90-95 km/h. Tesla Canada even goes as far as limiting speeds to 89 km/h when towing with their Model Y.
List of Electric Vehicles That Can Tow
1. Tesla Model X – 5,000 lb or 2,267 kg
Starting MSRP of $112,990
Being the current global leader of electric vehicles, it should be no surprise that a Tesla holds the #1 spot. This powerful, all-electric SUV can pull some serious weight, but it’s got much more going for it than just towing capacity.
The Tesla Model X is also quite spacious, and to nobody’s surprise, it’s very fast. Not to mention, the Tesla 7-seater features a maximum cargo capacity of 2,491 litres (88 cubic ft). Though, that’s behind the 1st row and includes frunk space.
That being said, if you’re searching for electric vehicles that can tow, we highly recommend the Tesla Model X. It’s a top pick among various categories and makes for a great vehicle in terms of performance, range, comfort, and convenience.
2. Audi e-Tron – 4,000 lb or 1,800 kg
Starting MSRP of $85,600
Looking now at the runner up, we have the Audi e-Tron. It’s much more than just an electric SUV capable of towing. It’s the first promising electric vehicle of the Volkswagen Group, which many believe will be the future global leader of electric vehicles.
While its towing capacity falls short of the Tesla Model X, the e-Tron takes the lead in other categories, versatility, luxury and price being the notable three.
What’s more, is that the Audi e-Tron is available in two body configurations; SUV and Sportback. Before you ask – yes, they each share this maximum towing capacity of 4,000 lbs.
To further convince you, Audi Canada is currently offering large discounts of up to $25,000 on their 2019 Audi e-Tron SUVs. Be sure to check them out below.
3. Tesla Model Y – 3,500 lb or 1,587 kg
Starting MSRP of $69,990
Now approaching a more affordable price range, we feature the Tesla Model Y. While it features various similarities to the Tesla Model X such as 500+ km range and 7-passenger seating, the Model Y is significantly more affordable.
Though for this decrease in price, you sacrifice 1,500 lbs of towing capacity, 566 litres of cargo space and a few seconds of acceleration. Still, the Model Y can carry up to 7 passengers and has a range of 500+ km, which for the starting price is quite impressive.
Do we recommend it? Yes, but you’ll want to check out the next vehicle. Their designs are vastly different but they share similar pricing and towing capacities.
4. Volvo XC40 Recharge – 3,300 lb or 1,500 kg
Starting MSRP of $64,950
The Volvo XC40 Recharge is all-new and enters the market with bold ambitions and incredible electric efficiency. While it features the lowest towing capacity of all vehicles on this list, it’s still a very impressive EV. Plus – it only sacrifices a few hundred pounds.
The XC40 Recharge features 40 minute quick charging and can go as far as 400 km on a single charge. If you’re towing though, this number will be much lower. You’d think that this efficiency sacrificed performance, but that’s not the case! The Volvo XC40 Recharge sports 402 horsepower and 486 lb-ft of torque, which brings its 0-100 acceleration to less than 5 seconds.
Where you’ll be most impressed is when you get inside the XC40 Recharge, especially if you aren’t familiar with Volvo cars. They’re known best for their premium hand-crafted interiors, intuitive technologies and the unmatched comfort they provide.
Should You Get an Electric Vehicle for Towing?
As seen above, if your towing needs exceed 5,000 lbs (2,267 kg), electric vehicles aren’t your ideal vehicle right now. Though with rapid technological advancements, we should see some improvements in the coming years. Thankfully, we’ve made a list of SUVs that can tow some serious weight. While none of them are fully electric, there are some notable plug-in hybrid options. Our list of The 10 Best SUVs for Towing features vehicles like the Dodge Durango and GMC Yukon.
Which one is the best? How much weight can these strong SUVs tow? Click below to find out!