The reduction can be significant, but it's not limited to electric pickup trucks only.
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 Ford, General Motors, Bollinger and other? 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 that are 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.
In regards to range, we need look no further than conventional pickup trucks. Sure, EVs differ some, but the range hit on conventional trucks will rather directly correlate with what we see with standard gas/diesel trucks.
Reduced range from towing is the result of much higher drag, the added friction of more tires on the roadway and, to a lesser extent, the weight of what's being hauled.
Basically, range drops dramatically when towing a trailer and that mostly is a result of aerodynamics and lots of drag. Losing 50% of your total range or more is not uncommon depending on what you're towing, so you should pick your electric truck accordingly.
As always, your mileage may vary, but do expect to see a significant reduction in range when towing with your electric truck or SUV.
The Tesla Cybertruck is not the only electric truck supposed to come to the market, check out the Rivian R1T Electric Pick Up, Atlis Electric Truck, Ford Electric F-150, and the Lordstown Endurance Electric Truck.
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