Below I’ve listed current and upcoming electric cars which can/will be able to tow that are coming to the UK, and some that might be. 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 electric cars/trucks that might come to the UK 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 1,000 KG
The Ford Mustang Mach-E has a towing capacity of 750 kg, which is rather low for a Sports Utility Vehicle. The Mach-E will only be able to tow small cargo trailers and lightweight camping trailers/teardrop caravans. Compared to the competition, the Mach-E does not stack up well when it comes to towing.
Back in 2017 when the I-Pace was first launched Jaguar stated no towing capacity would be provided. Jaguar did decide to reverse that decision when the I-Pace become available for purchase in 2018, though the stated towing capacity of 750 kg is disappointing, and not competitive against other luxury electric SUVs, for instance, the Audi E-Tron and Mercedes EQC.
The iX3 is a fully electric battery conversion of BMW’s popular compact SUV the X3 which I’ve seen towing many caravans. However, its very unlikely that I’ll see the BMW iX3 towing a caravan due to its disappointing 750 kg towing capacity.
The EQA is a fully electric conversion of Mercedes petrol/diesel GLA. While the GLA features a very capable 2,000 kg towing capacity, unfortunately, the EQA is nowhere near as capable with a tiny 750 KG towing capacity. The EQA also features below average range and fast/rapid charging speeds.
The UK spec Tesla Model currently has a tow rating of 1,000 kg (was previously 910kg). Factory fitted tow package required. The real-world range of the Long Range Dual Motor is 290 miles, resulting in a guestimated towing range of 145 miles. The Model 3 Performance has not been given a tow rating. The Tesla Model 3 can charge at a V3 Tesla Supercharger at up to 250 kW.
The ID.4 is the first EV from VW with a rated towing capacity. While the RWD ID.4 1st has a 1,000 kg towing limit, AWD versions are expected to be able to tow up to 1,200 kg. Featuring a range of 245 miles (124 miles towing) and a DC fast charge rate of 125 kW.
Towing Capacity Up To 1,500 KG
The Skoda Enyaq is based on the same MEB electric platform as the VW ID.4 above. The RWD variants (60 & 80) of the Enyaq have a towing capacity of 1,000 kg. However, the AWD variants (80X & RS) having a higher towing capacity of 1,200 kg. While the Skoda Enyaq has practically identical capabilities to the VW ID.4, there is one significant difference, the price.
The Nissan Ariya is set to launch in 2021, with predicted pricing starting from around £37,000. The Ariya will feature much-improved power, battery capacity and battery management over Nissan’s first EV the Leaf. With ranges from 200 miles up to 275 ish miles. When towing expect the range to be roughly 50% less.
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 a range of 235 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.
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, but with a lower real-world range around 200 miles. Therefore, the estimated 50% towing range will be 100 miles. The maximum charge rate is 150 kW.
While the Model Y shares roughly 75% of its components with the Model 3 it features a higher towing capacity of 1,500 kg. The Long Range Model Y will have a real-world range of 260 miles and a predicted towing range of roughly 130 miles. Tesla benefits from its own fast-charging network and the Model Y can charge from a V3 Supercharger at up to 250 kW.
Towing Capacity Up To 2,000 KG
The BMW i4 is a ‘gran coupé’ which basically means while it has 4 doors but the roofline slopes back, it also has a hatchback boot. In terms of towing capacity, I was pleasantly surprised by the 1,600 kg for the RWD eDrive40 and sportier AWD M50. DC rapid charging is also pretty respectable at 200kW with both specifications.
While Hyundai previously produced a car called the Ioniq, the IONIQ 5 is the first from the ground up EV from the brand. In terms of an electric tow car the IONIQ 5 is going to be a very compelling package with its 1,600 kg towing capacity, impressive 232 kW fast/rapid charging and Vehicle-to-Load (V2L) capabilities.
The KIA EV6 shares the same platform as the Hyundai IONIQ 5 and both vehicles have the same towing capacity and Vehicle-to-Load (V2L) capabilities. However, the KIA EV6 has a slightly larger battery pack and can charge at 250 kW.
The E-Tron range is a selection of large SUV’s which Audi designed from the ground up as EV’s. With large 71kW and 95kW batteries, the E-Tron line up was set to be a viable long-range electric tow car. However, the real world efficiency/consumption results are disappointing compared to the competition.
The EQC is the first fully electric SUV from Mercedes. One size of battery pack is currently available (80kW) however the range/efficiency of the EQC is very competitive. Furthermore, the 1,800 KG towing capacity makes the EQC a compelling premium electric tow car. The Mercedes is tough competition for the Audi E-Tron.
Towing Capacity Up To 2,500 KG
The Tesla Model X was the first electric tow car you could buy, with a towing capacity up to 2,250 kg. The Model X is a large seven-seater AWD SUV which has been on sale since 2016 in the UK. With various revisions/upgrades, the real-world range/towing range does differ depending on the specific version. Latest versions have a real-world range of 280-290 miles (around 140 miles while towing).
It’s been a long time since BMW launched a group-up EV, their only other example is the i3 launched in 2013. The big difference being the iX is a large SUV, and even more importantly it can tow at up to a very respectable 2,500 kg. The top-spec range is also pretty good, but the power/rapid charging specs are confusing.
Towing Capacity Up To 3,500 KG
Rivian is a new player to the EV game in the sense they haven’t as yet sold any vehicles, though they have been working on their EV platform since 2009. The Rivian R1T fully electric pickup is intended to make its way to the UK in 2022. In the US the R1T has a towing capacity of 11,000 lbs (just under 5,000 kg). Its likely for the UK, the towing capacity will just be stated as up to 3,500 kg.
The R1S is the SUV sibling to the Rivian R1T pickup above. Both vehicles share the same electric skateboard platform, hence power/range figures will be very similar. In the US the R1T is stated to have a higher towing capacity over the R1S at 7,700 lbs (roughly 3,500 kg). However, I suspect for the UK versions, both the R1T and R1S will be given the same 3,500 kg towing capacity.
The B1 SUV and B2 Pickup are being designed as fully electric commercial vehicles. Therefore the heavy-duty design of these trucks means they’re heavy and they have poor aerodynamic performance. In the US they will be given a 7,700 lb towing capacity (roughly 3,500 kg). However, these vehicles are not really suitable for long-distance towing. But that’s not what they are designed for.
Coming To The UK?
Below are electric cars/trucks which its is not currently clear/unlikely they will be making it to these shores. Now, that doesn’t mean we might not see the odd one on UK streets from those who decided to import them. However, if you will not be able to officially purchase a vehicle in the UK, I’m going to put them into this category for interest/curiosities sake.
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. However, we are yet to see how capable the Cybertruck will really be.
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.