According to former Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Electric vehicles "won't tow your boat, they won't tow your trailer".
While this statement is mostly untrue, the towing capacity of electric cars is sometimes more limited than its petrol equivalent. This however is dependent on the model.
The guide will cover the common questions we get asked:
- What can EVs tow
- The best EV for towing (for now)
- Towing capacities for every EV
Can Electric Cars Tow?
Electric Cars can absolutely tow, however, due to the weight of the batteries maximum total payload and towing capacity is sometimes less than their fuel-powered counterparts.
The average braked towing capacity of vehicles in the zecar EV database is 1,400kg and ranges from 300kg to 2,500kg. This level of towing capacity is more than sufficient to tow a range of different trailers, caravans and boats.
It’s worth noting that, just like burning more fuel quickly, towing will significantly reduce your EV's range quicker – often cutting range in half according to some carmakers. Heavier loads increase energy consumption This will have a more pronounced effect on an EV which typically has half to two-thirds the range of an equivalent petrol/diesel car.
Can Electric Cars Tow Caravans
Electric cars can tow caravans. So long as your electric car has a higher tow rating than the weight of the caravan it will be able to tow it.
A small caravan with 2-4 berths can weigh between 800kg and 1.3 tonnes. Larger caravans with 4-6 berths can range from 1.3 to 1.8 tonnes in weight. Most of the EVs on the below list should have no problems towing a smaller caravan.
Braked vs Unbraked Towing
Braked towing capacity is the maximum your vehicle can tow if the trailer you are towing has its own brakes. This figure is always almost higher than the unbraked amount.
Unbraked towing capacity is the maximum your vehicle can tow if the trailer you are towing has no brakes.
Best Electric Car for Towing
Based on its rated towing capacity of 2,500 kg, the BMW iX eDrive40 is the best electric car for towing. Typical features of an electric car with good towing capacity include strong motors (high power and torque) and an all-wheel-drive system (dual motors or more).
Below you'll find the rated towing capacity (braked and unbraked) for every electric car.
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