Over the past decade, Tesla has changed our perception of electric cars. No longer do we see electric vehicles as expensive, luxury, battery-operated toys. Tesla has shown us that they can be both affordable and practical. Starting at a very fair $35,000, Tesla’s Model 3 is one of the world’s most affordable electric vehicles. The most recent release also shows us that its electric motor’s power generates enough towing capacity to keep drivers happy. Yes, this electric sedan can tow!
More About the Model 3
The Tesla Model 3 is an EV sedan that balances both comfort, performance, and practicality. It comes with a dual motor All-Wheel Drive system, which gives unparalleled performance in the sedan realm. These motors can take the Model 3 from 0 to 60 mi/hr in 3.1 seconds.
The Model 3 also has a long battery life with an MPGe of 353 miles on a full charge. With over 18,000 Tesla recharge stations around the world, you should have no problem staying charged. You can cover a lot of ground!
Can Electric Cars Tow?
While in opposition to making 50% of all cars electric by the year 2030, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said that electric cars would “kill the weekend.” He explained that electric vehicles could not tow a caravan out into the woods for camping.
Many car enthusiasts would agree with him about EV’s towing capabilities. They’d argue that electric motors are nowhere near as powerful as gas engines. Of course, electric car manufacturers have disproved this argument, countering that evolving electric motors produce more power than traditional petrol and diesel engines.
And we can confirm! The recently-released cyber truck can tow up to 14,000 pounds! That’s more than a diesel Ford F-150 can manage. The Tesla Model X also can tow up to 5,000 lbs. You can even add on a tow hitch when you purchase the Model X. Beyond a doubt, electric cars can tow — and some better than traditional gas-fueled vehicles. These vehicles aren’t going to kill anyone’s weekend.
However, the Model 3 is a regular electric car. Unlike the cyber truck, Tesla did not build it to carry heavy luggage or tow. It doesn’t have the performance motors of the Model X or even the looks of a powerful car.
Tesla Adds Tow Hitch to Model 3
Initially, the Model 3 was going to be just another electric car on the market. Upon its release, Tesla did not include a tow hitch or tow capability information. However, when this model started growing in popularity, Tesla realized that it lacked this vital component. People in the market for a family sedan were looking for a vehicle that could tow.
Tesla immediately introduced an optional tow hitch feature for the new Model 3 in 2019. The company started with the European versions. Videos of Tesla testing the Model 3’s towing power have recently surfaced. It’s unclear whether the tests are to determine the car’s ideal towing capacity or improve its power in the vehicle’s next update.
Tests by Enthusiasts
While many car enthusiasts and YouTubers dwell on cars’ performance aspects, there is a handful who test how practical and convenient using the car is for everyday purposes.
For family sedans, one of the most important tests is it’s towing ability. We can consider a car like the Model 3 perfect for families if it can tow a bike rack or a small storage trailer.
While hunting for the perfect low budget performance electric sedan, an Australian YouTuber tested the Model 3’s towing potential. He pulled six boats weighing 700 kg (about 1,500 pounds) on a 150-mile trip for the first test. For the second test, he towed 500 kg (around 1,100 pounds) for the same distance. The weight change was to test how much efficiency the Model 3 loses while towing.
On a dry run for the trip with nothing towed behind, the Model 3 had 126 Wh/km. On the first trip with the 1,500-pound load, the consumption was 266 Wh/km. The consumption on the second trip was 209 Wh/km. These are generally good statistics that show that the Tesla Model 3 can tow well.
Yes, a Model 3 can tow if you have the most recent version of the car. So feel free to go camping in the woods with your small trailer hitched to the back of your electric car. By modern standards, a car should be functional, economical, but also fun. Teslas can give you the best of this mix without compromise.