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 to 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. 🙂
- BEV = Battery Electric Vehicle
- PHEV = Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle
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Please click the link above to go to my article on what I believe to currently be the best electric tow cars under various budgets, under £30K, under £40K etc. Under each category, I discuss various other contenders to provide more context on why I chose a particular electric tow car as the best option for each budget. While focused on BEVs where applicable I also provide an alternative PHEV option.
Towing Capacity Up To 1,000 KG
With the MG ZS Long Range we have the first sub £30K electric car with an official towing capacity. Granted, the MG ZS Long Range can only tow 500kg which is small cargo trailers or maybe a teardrop caravan. However, this is just the start of the affordable electric tow car offerings.
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.
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 second-generation Kia Niro EV will get a towing capacity suitable for small cargo trailers/camping trailers. While the real-world range of around 235 miles is competitive I think its let down by its 80kW DC rapid charging speed.
The Mercedes EQS is definitely what you would describe as a ‘luxury’ electric vehicle and it has the price to match as it starts from just under £100K. I found it surprising when browsing the specs the EQS is actually rated to tow, but only 750kg. Though the EQS will be able to tow a trailer 200 miles, likely more.
The Megan E-Tech is the first BEV from the Renault group with a rated towing capacity. While not a massive towing capacity at 900kg for its price point and direct competition the Megan E-Tech is worth considering. In EV60 specification the Megane has a real-world range of 200 miles and can charge at 130kW.
The Ford Mustang Mach-E has a towing capacity of 750 kg for most varients, but the SR and ER AWD models can now tow up to 1,000kg. The Mach-E will only be able to tow small cargo trailers and lightweight camping trailers/teardrop caravans. The Mach-E struggles to compete on specs/features beyond range.
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 210 kW.
Towing Capacity Up To 1,500 KG
While the Q4 E-Tron may end up getting referred to as ‘the small E-Tron’ compared to the larger 50/55 Quattro E-Tron models, the Q4 E-Tron actually has more in common with the VW ID.4 and Skoda Enyaq which share the same platform.
With the latest generation of the X1 BMW has introduced a fully electric option the iX1. This electric compact SUV actually has better specifications than its larger sibling the iX3. However, how does it stack up to the wider competition at its £50K price point? Well, really, the BMW iX1 struggles to stand out in any area.
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 ID.4 is the first EV from VW with a rated towing capacity. While the RWD ID.4 versions have a 1,000 kg towing limit, AWD GTX can tow up to 1,200 kg. Featuring a range of up to 255 miles (124 miles towing) and a DC fast charge rate of 125 kW.
The Kia Sportage is one of the most popular compact SUVs on Britain’s roads, therefore its likely its latest PHEV version could also be very popular. However, I find its 1,350kg towing capacity a little disappointing and I also find its official 43-mile EV range a little ‘odd’.
The ID.5 is effectively an ‘SUV Coupe’ version of the VW ID.5. Hence, both electric cars share very similar specifications with regards to battery capacity, charging speed and range. However, the ID.5 does get a higher towing capacity.
The Nissan Ariya is set to launch in 2022, 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.
SsangYong is likely not the first South Korean car brand you think of, and they have come later to the EV game. However, when it comes to towing they are the first to offer a 1,500kg towing capacity at a £30K price point.
While Lexus has come a bit late to the luxury PHEV game, the NX 450h+ is one of it not the most efficient vehicle in its class with one of the large EV ranges (45 miles officially). The drivetrain and battery of the NX 450h+ are identical to that found in the cheaper Toyota RAV4 PHEV/Suzuki Across.
A collaborative partnership between Toyota and Suzuki means you can get a PHEV SUV from both brands which is essentially the same car with a few differences between them. Both vehicles can tow up to 1,500kg and come with an 18.1kWh battery for an official EV only range of 46 miles (not towing obviously).
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 150kW.
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 221 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 233 kW.
While the Model Y shares roughly 75% of its components with the Model 3 it features a higher towing capacity of 1,600 kg. The Long Range Model Y will have a real-world range of 255 miles and a predicted towing range of roughly 128 miles. Tesla benefits from its own fast-charging network and the Model Y can charge from a V3 Supercharger at up to 210 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 Fisker Ocean will be a compact SUV designed by Henrik Fisker who has previously designed such iconic cars as the Aston Martin DB9. While final production model details are yet to be confirmed specifications and pricing is looking to be very competitive if not market-leading.
The Chinese brands are coming and here is an example with Lynk & Co. However, this brand has Volvo as its sibling and the 01 shares much of its underpinnings with the very popular Volvo XC40. However, when it comes to PHEVs the Lynk & Co offers a much better range than the Volvo at 43 miles.
The latest versions of the C-Class PHEV now has a much more practical EV range of 65 miles (estate) or 68 miles (saloon). Both the c300e saloon and estate are also rated to tow 1,800kg, therefore they are capable of towing the vast majority of the caravans on UK roads today. Pricing starts at just under £45K.
The EQA is a fully electric conversion of Mercedes petrol/diesel GLA. While the GLA features a very capable 2,000 kg towing capacity. The EQA can tow between 750 kg and 1,800 kg, but it features below average range and fast/rapid charging speeds.
The EQC is the first fully electric SUV from Mercedes. One size of battery pack is currently available (80kWh) 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.
The EQS SUV is based on the same platform, motors and battery that’s found in the saloon EQS. However, the EQS SUV has received a bump in towing capacity to 1,800kg. Though the not so good news is the price point between £110,000 to £140,000. Making the EQS SUV a very expensive electric tow car.
The Volvo C40 Recharge is the more sporty styled sibling of the XC40 Recharge. While both vehicles are very similar under the skin the C40 Recharge has received a bump up in towing capacity to 1,800kg. But what about its price/range?
BMW has unveiled their new ultra-luxury saloon 7-Series and there is a fully electric version, the i7. Offering a 2,000 kg towing capacity its significantly more capable at towing than the Mercedes EQS, the driving range on the other hand…
Alongside the new i7 BMW is also going to be offering two new PHEVs as part of the 7 Series the 750e xDrive and the M760e xDrive. Both can tow up to 2,000kg and have an official EV range of up to 55 miles. The maximum charging power of these premium PHEVs is disappointing though at 3.7kW.
Volvo has been selling PHEVs for many years. However, I feel its only with the latest versions of their PHEVs (late 2022 model year) they are offering a practical/viable EV range. The S60 (saloon) and V60 (estate) Recharge now get an official EV range of 54-55 miles and both can tow a trailer/caravan up to 2,000kg.
Towing Capacity Up To 2,500 KG
The latest versions of the S90 & V90 Recharge have a much more practical EV range of 52-54 miles. They also have received a significant bump up in power when it comes to the electric motor. Towing is up to a maximum of 2,100kg.
If you’re interested in a Volvo SUV for towing the latest version of the XC60 Recharge has a more viable EV range of 46 miles and can tow up to 2,250 KG. However, I do wonder if more people would get better value from the Volvo V60 Recharge due to its superior EV range and cargo capacity.
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).
The big SUV PHEV 7-seater from Volvo has received the same 18.8kWh battery upgraded as its smaller siblings. However, due to the additional size/weight the official EV range is much less impressive at 42.3 miles. Therefore, Volvo struggles to compete again competition from BMW and Mercedes.
It’s been a long time since BMW launched a ground-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.
The latest generation of the Range Rover will feature two PHEVs the P440e and the P510e. Both PHEVs offer the same official EV range of 62 miles and 2,500 kg towing capacity. DC rapid charging up to 50kW is also provided.
The latest generation of BMW X5 PHEV has received a significant upgrade in battery capacity from 9kWh to 24kWh. As a result, the X5 45e has an official EV only range of 54 miles (not towing). When it comes to towing the BMW X5 45e can pull a trailer/caravan up to 2,700kg.
Currently, the Mercedes GLE 350de is fitted with the largest battery you will find in a PHEV at 31kWh and it does provide an official EV range of 56 miles (not towing). However, while equal on towing capacity to its closet rival the BMW X5 45e, it struggles to compete on power/torque and also price.
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.
Coming To The UK?
Below are electric cars/trucks which its not currently clear if 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 of up to 500+ miles and potentially around 250 miles towing the Cybertruck would likely become the EV towing market leader.
BEV: GMC Hummer EV
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 very capable at towing. How far it will actually travel while towing is another question.