With Summer right around the corner, I thought it would be a great time to talk about towing those toys with your shiny new EV truck!
It’s inevitable that towing with an EV will become more popular as technology improves and more electric trucks are on the roads. It’s also inevitable that they will be equipped with more powerful batteries and motors, making them increasingly more capable of towing heavy loads with ease. However, it’s important to understand the capabilities of your current electric truck before you hit the road ready for a weekend on the water or the mountains for a weekend of glamping.
One of the biggest advantages of towing with an electric truck is its instant torque. Electric motors produce maximum torque from a standstill, making it easier to pull heavy loads. This is especially useful for towing trailers up hills or on uneven terrain. Additionally, electric trucks are much quieter than their diesel or gasoline counterparts, making towing a more peaceful experience.
However, towing with an electric truck will impact the vehicle's range. The added weight of the trailer puts more strain on the battery, reducing the distance you can travel on a single charge. It is important to consider the range of your electric truck before you plan a long distance towing trip and ensure that you have access to charging stations along the way.
When it comes to choosing the right electric truck for towing, it's important to consider the vehicle's towing capacity. This can range from a few thousand pounds to over 14,000 pounds, depending on the battery size and motor output. Some popular electric trucks such as Tesla Cybertruck and Rivian R1T have high towing capacities, making them ideal for heavy duty towing tasks.
It's also important to consider the type of trailer you plan to tow. Not all trailers are compatible with electric trucks, so it's important to check the specifications of your vehicle and trailer to ensure they are compatible. Additionally, electric trucks may require special hitch receivers and wiring, so be sure to research the specific requirements for your vehicle before making a purchase.
In conclusion, towing with an electric truck is a viable option for those who need to haul heavy loads. However, it is important to understand the capabilities and limitations of your vehicle and to plan your towing trips accordingly. With the right preparation and research, towing with an electric truck can be a smooth and enjoyable experience.