Maxus T90EV – What Can It Tow?

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Following on from the Maxus MIFA 9, Maxus has actually launched the first fully electric pick-up truck to arrive in the UK, the T90EV. While the T90EV features a fairly large 88 kWh battery and it can tow, this vehicle was not designed as an EV from the ground up. The T90EV is very much an EV conversion of an ICE pick-up. As such, its ride quality, efficiency/range are not great, but it can tow.

Maxus T90EV - What Can It Tow?
For an EV with an 88kWh battery and sub £60K price point, there is value here, but the overall package is not that compelling for most: Image –

Key Maxus T90EV Specs

  • Official Towing Capacity – 1,000 kg
  • Max Nose Weight – Unknown
  • Availability – Now
  • Price – Starting £59,940
  • Range – 171 miles (estimated real-world)
  • Estimated Towing Range (50%) – 86 miles
  • Maximum DC Charge Rate – 120kW
  • Rapid Charge 10% to 80% – 50 min
  • Check Used Maxus T90EV Specs

Maxus T90EV HP & Torque

  • RWD: 201 HP and 277 lb-ft of torque

Maxus T90EV Towing Capabilties

Maxus is a brand owned by SAIC Motors, a Chinese company that also owns the MG brand. The T90EV is an electric conversion of their existing diesel-powered T90 pick-up, which is not sold in the UK.

In terms of towing capacity, a maximum braked trailer limit of 1,000 kg for a pick-up is obviously not that impressive. The same is true for the 201 HP power output from the RWD motor.

The T90EV features a 88 kWh battery, which is still relatively large by current EV standards. However, due to the size/shape of the T90EV and the fact its a conversion, don’t expect a lot of range.

The WLTP figure is 220 miles, and a real-world range typically works out to be around 78% of the WLTP figure, so that’s around 171 miles. Therefore, 50% of that for towing is around 86 miles.

So we’re not dealing with industry-leading figures here, and the T90EV is definitely not a practical long-range EV, especially when you consider the 120kW rapid charge rate and 50 min recharge time.

However, for certain businesses that tow trailers over short distances, I could see the appeal of the T90EV, say tree management companies, for instance, who have to tow wood chippers.

Maxus T90EV Review

I’ve not been able to find that many reviews on the Maxus T90EV. Probably the best review I’ve watched is the one below from Nobby on Cars from Ireland.

A quick review (6 minutes) of the Maxus T90EV discussing how this is very much a commercially focused EV for short runs

My Thoughts On The Maxus T90EV…

Is the Maxus T90EV going to be a vehicle I would recommend to the average person wanting to tow a caravan etc? No, the range and charging speed is just not practical in most instances.

However, for certain business owners, I can see the T90EV making sense if it can be charged at the office/depot with a sub $50K price point once the VAT has been discounted.

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