Below I’ve listed current and upcoming electric cars which either have an official tow rating or have the potential to tow (non-US tow rating). Click on the title for each car to go its specific post with more details. I’ll be updating the list and the individual vehicle posts over time with updates on towing examples/reviews etc. I’ve separated the cars below by towing capacity in ascending order, with an unofficial US towing capacity category at the bottom. I hope the information below can help you to find your next electric tow car. 🙂
Please click the link above to go to my electric tow car Guides & FAQ page which will help to answer some questions you may have. I provide answers to questions such as which electric tow cars have the longest range and the fastest charge rates. I also discuss other important factors to electric car towing such as efficiency, aerodynamics and speed. Finally, there are my guides on rapid/destination charging.
Towing Capacity Up To 1,500 lbs
With a towing capacity of up to 1,500 lbs that means there are several teardrop trailers/campers you would be able to tow. You could also potentially tow a lightweight boat/inflatable or a small cargo trailer, such as a 4×8 U-Haul cargo trailer.
The Nissan Ariya is set to launch in 2021, with predicted pricing starting from around $40,000. The Ariya will feature much-improved power, battery capacity and battery management over Nissan’s first EV the Leaf. With ranges from 210 miles up to 285 ish miles. When towing expect the range to be roughly 50% less.
Towing Capacity Up To 2,000 lbs
With a towing capacity up to 2,000 lbs, a wider range of RV campers/trailers becomes available. Furthermore, a larger range of heavier boats could also be towed via trailer. A larger cargo trailer could also be viable, such as the 5×8 U-Haul cargo trailer.
The Polestar brand is a subsidiary of Volvo with the Polestar 2 being their first full EV based on a fastback design. Featuring AWD and an EPA range of 233 miles, hence a predicted 50% towing range of 117 miles and 150 kW fast charging. The Polestar 2 shares the same EV platform as the Volvo XC40 Recharge.
Towing Capacity Up To 3,000 lbs
Being able to tow 3,000 lbs means much larger camping trailers can be considered. It obviously also means a wider range of boats/recreational vehicles can be towed. In terms of cargo trailers, something like the twin-axle 5×10 U-Haul cargo trailer could be used.
The ID.4 is the first EV from VW to hit the US which was designed as an electric vehicle from the ground up. The AWD Pro variant which can tow will be available in mid-2021. The predicted EPA range of 250 miles would provide an estimated average towing range of 125 miles. Max charging at 125kW via DC fast charger.
Towing Capacity Up To 4,000 lbs
As you would expect, with a higher towing capacity a further range of campers/travel trailers are a potential option. Furthermore, pretty much the full range of U-Haul cargo/utility trailers can now be towed.
The XC40 Recharge is the full EV version of the very popular/award-winning internal combustion XC40. The Recharge shares the same battery/motors as the Polestar 2. The EPA range for the car is 208 miles. Therefore, the estimated 50% towing range will be 104 miles. The maximum charge rate is 150 kW.
While the Model Y shares roughly 75% of its components with the Model 3, only the Model Y has an official US tow rating. Starting at just under $50,000 and featuring AWD. The Long Range Model Y has an EPA range of 315 miles and a predicted towing range of roughly 156 miles. Tesla benefits from its own fast-charging network and the Model Y can charge from a V3 Supercharger at up to 250 kW.
The Hyundai IONIQ 5 is a uniquely styled compact SUV with some pretty impressive specs/features. As well as healthy towing capacity for this size of vehicle/price point, it also features some impressive tech. For instance, the IONIQ 5 features both 400V and 800V charging technology for DC rapid charging up to 232kW.
The KIA EV6 shares the same dedicated EV platform as the Hyundai IONIQ 5, and therefore shares similar specifications such as the towing capacity. However, the EV6 does feature a slightly faster 250kW DC charging rate and also is offered in GT spec with AWD and 577 BHP/546 lb-ft of torque.
The Audi E-Tron and E-Tron Sportback are large SUV full electric vehicles with large 95kW battery packs that also feature an impressive 4,000 lb maximum towing capacity. Unfortunately, the efficiency of the electric drive train is not so impressive.
Towing Capacity Up To 5,000 lbs
Some pretty large true family-sized campers become available with a towing capacity up to 5,000lbs, here are some examples. With a towing capacity this large being able to tow another vehicle such as a track car etc also becomes possible. Check out the U-Haul Auto Transport as an example.
The Tesla Model X was the first electric tow car you could buy, with a towing capacity up to 5,000 lbs on 20″ wheels. The Model X is a large seven-seater AWD SUV which has been on sale since 2015. With various revisions/upgrades, the real-world range/towing range does differ depending on the specific version. Latest versions have an EPA range of up to 371 miles (up to 186 miles towing).
Towing Capacity Up To 8,000 lbs
The Rivian R1S is a large fully electric SUV and sibling to the R1T electric pickup truck below. When the R1S launches it will offer the highest towing capacity of any electric SUV to date. While that is impressive, as the R1S is built on the same electric platform as the R1T its disappointing that the R1S has a towing capacity significantly below the 11,000 lbs of the R1T.
Bollinger is focused on small scale production of their B1 SUV and B2 Pickup, with the target market being commercial buyers. The small scale production means these vehicles are not cost-competitive with the likes of Rivian and Tesla. However, these rugged simple trucks may be ideal for certain commercial clients. They can tow, but they will only really be suited to short distance towing.
Towing Capacity Over 10,000 lbs
With this category, we essentially jump over from electric tow cars to electric tow trucks. These are the EV’s you want if you want to pull some really heavy loads. Whether its a leisure trailer/camper or a commercial trailer these are the most capable EV’s for towing.
Rivian was established back in 2009 but only made their electric vehicle intentions know in 2018 when they first showed off the R1T electric pickup truck. Set to release in the summer of 2021 the R1T is expected to provide a range over 300+ miles (150 ish miles towing) with full details on charging rate/power yet to be announced. Though extensive towing tests appear to have been carried out.
The Tesla Cybertruck is becoming one of the most iconic/controversial EV’s. If the styling of the Cybertruck is put to one side, its towing capabilities are looking to be very compelling. With a predicted range up to 500+ miles and potentially around 250 miles towing the Cybertruck would likely become the EV towing market leader.
Unofficial/Unknown Towing Capacities
The cars/trucks currently under this category either have no official US tow rating (though they appear to have towing capability) or the US towing capability is currently unspecified. I may end up moving electric cars from this category into one of the specific towing capacity categories above when more details become known.
As the EQC is still yet to be officially released in the US its towing capacity (if any) is not clear. In the UK and Europe, the EQC has a towing capacity of 1,800 kg (around 4,000 lbs). Though until that figure is confirmed for the US-spec EQC I’m not going to put it in a towing capacity category above.
As of right now, the Ford Mustang Mach-E will be given no official tow rating which is disappointing for a Sports Utility Vehicle. However, in the UK the Mach-E has been given a 750 kg (1,600 ish lb) towing capacity. Therefore, there is a possibility Ford may revise their position and offer a US towing package for the Mach-E.
A similar situation to the Ford Mustang Mach-E above, where the UK versions of the I-Pace has a 750 kg (1,600 ish lb) towing capacity, there is no official towing capacity of the US specification I-Pace. Therefore, unfortunately, while the I-Pace does have towing capabilities, US customers will not get any towing functionality.
While the US-spec Tesla Model 3 currently has no official tow rating, in the UK, the Model 3 is rated to tow 2,000 lbs. The Model 3 Performance has an EPA rated range of over 300 miles. The average predicted towing range would therefore be around 150 miles. With AWD, 450 HP and 471 lb-ft of torque the Model 3 has the core capabilities of very good electric tow car with 250 kW fast charging.
I’m sure the Hummer EV will be given an official tow rating by GMC, its just as of now we don’t know what it will be. Set to be one of the largest EV’s on the market with 1,000 HP and a fast charge rate up to 350 kW, the Hummer EV will be a very capable at towing. How far it will actually travel while towing is another question.