Audi E-Tron Proves Electric Cars Are Not Built For Towing

FEB 14, 2020   TOWING

Don’t expect to go much further than 100 miles on a single charge.

Electric vehicles and towing have never really been friendly companions. Despite vastly more capable EVs and something like the Tesla Model X being capable of towing up to 5,000 pounds, many EVs aren’t rated to tow anything at all, which can be a serious dealbreaker for extended road trips or more adventurous buyers with an appreciation for the great outdoors.

Even more of an unknown has been the impact on an EV’s range when towing. We now have something more concrete to go on after the Audi e-Tron undertook a 504-mile trip while hauling a trailer that weighed 4,000 lbs as part of Fully Charged LIVE, an event showcasing the latest EV technologies. The results show that the e-tron’s range was effectively halved.

With an EPA-rated combined (and unladen) range of just over 200 miles under regular driving conditions, the weight of the trailer reduced that to about 105 miles, not helped by ….

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