Yes they can.
However, not ALL electric cars can tow.
It’s a topic that has been the subject of much discussion since Scott Morrison famously declared “[An electric vehicle] won’t tow your trailer. It’s not going to tow your boat. It’s not going to get you out to your favourite camping spot with your family.”
Morrison’s intent was to discredit Labor’s ‘50% of new cars to be electric by 2030’ in the lead up to last year’s federal election. While Morrison may have achieved his mission, his assertions were wrong.
Electric cars can tow. Here’s what you need to know.
Towing With An Electric Car
Currently, there are only a relatively small number of electric vehicles available in Australia and only half of them have towing capacity. And the price tag is around the 100k mark.
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*Torque, as measured in Newton metres (Nm)
**Current and soon-to-be-released electric vehicle models
However, some experts, including Professor John Andrew, of RMIT’s School of Engineering, believes there is no reason why electric vehicles can’t tow.
In other words, the technology allows for towing but most manufacturers have not certified their vehicles to do so. This is mainly due to weight and range considerations. Electric cars have heavy batteries so any added weight from a caravan or trailer will affect other systems including the electric motor and brakes. The extra weight will also require more frequent charging stops.
However, industry experts agree that we will see more electric cars certified to tow released onto the market in the coming years.
Can An Electric Car Be Towed?
Yes! If your electric car breaks down in Perth, simply call Performance Towing for a quick response and a safe tow. Electric cars need to be towed correctly to prevent damage to the onboard electrics and traction motor. Always call a reliable towing company and make sure you tell them that your car is electric. Consult your manual if in any doubt.