You may have noticed I have a few articles on this site of US specification vehicles where I’ll state my disappointment in the officially rated towing capacity compared to the UK/EU version of the same vehicle. Therefore, I thought I would create this article showing the differences within an easy to read table with links to my article on each vehicle. Some vehicles have no official tow rating in the US at all, while others have a slight or significant reduction in towing capacity compared to UK/EU versions. Right, let’s get into this!
Introduction To US vs UK Electric Tow Car Comparisons
If you weren’t already aware this site (electrictowcars.com) focuses on the towing specifications of BEVs (Battery Electric Vehicles) and PHEVs (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles) sold in the US.
I have a separate site (electrictowcars.co.uk) where I discuss the towing specifications and capabilities of BEVs and PHEVs sold in the UK, but the specifications are also generally the same as vehicles sold in the EU.
I’m aware that some US vehicle owners tow trailers when their car has no official tow rating. However, there may be safety, legal and insurance-based implications in doing so.
The table below shows the different US and UK official towing specifications for different vehicles with links to my articles on the applicable website. While in the UK the towing specification is stated in kilograms (kg) I’ve converted the figure to pounds (lbs) for easy comparison.
US vs UK Electric Tow Car Comparison Table
Please note, in the table below I’ve stated the maximum towing capacity for each vehicle. Many of the vehicles below have different battery and powertrain options which influence their rated towing capacity. The list of vehicles below is in alphabetical order.
Please also note, the table above only includes electric cars which are sold in both the US and UK and in at least one country the vehicle is rated to tow.
Vehicles such as certain electric trucks which will be only sold in the US I’ve not included in the list above. Please check my electric tow car/truck list for all vehicles sold in the US with an official tow rating.