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Wednesday, 26 February 2020 21:12

Expect Towing to Kill Range of Electric Pickup Trucks

Written by Eric Loveday, Inside EVs
The author tows this 1,900-lb. camper. The author tows this 1,900-lb. camper. Inside EVs

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Will towing significantly reduce the range of the Tesla Cybertruck, Hummer electric pickup, Rivian R1T, Nikola Badger or any of the other upcoming electric pickup trucks from the likes of FordGeneral Motors, Bollinger and others?

The answer is a solid "yes" and the drop can be substantial, but gas/diesel trucks suffer from this too.

 

Though our focus here is on electric cars, trucks and SUVs, we often need to look beyond electric vehicles when examining certain topics such as towing.

 

Up until recently, towing wasn't a major concern for electric car owners and potential EV buyers.

 

That's mostly because the electric offerings available today aren't exactly suited to towing, aside from a few vehicles like the Tesla Model X and Audi e-tron.

 

However, there will soon be an influx of electric pickup trucks on the market and you can bet that buyers of these trucks will take interest in the towing capabilities.

 

We've all seen the claims put forth by the EV truck makers in regards to towing, but those are just weight figures.

 

Most electric truck can tow a lot, some can tow millions of pounds under certain circumstances, but what's the impact on the range?

 

That's the burning question and the answer might surprise you.


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