With trailer, Tesla Model X keeps 70% of EV range
Electric SUV Tesla Model X can still scamper with a trailer on the back.
Bowlus posted a video (above) of Model X owner Jack Bowers towing a Bowlus Road Chief, which looks a lot like an Airstream trailer. The trailer weighs 2,300 pounds and is 24 feet long.
No matter, though, as the Tesla still goes from 0 to 60 miles per hour in a tidy 5.5 seconds. For the greener ones among us, the Model X was also able to retain about 70-percent of its EPA-rated 257-mile single-charge range while towing the trailer at highway cruising speed (OK, a more sedate cruising speed of 50 to 55 miles per hour).
Tesla has long touted the SUV's towing ability. In fact, the California-based automaker said in late 2014 that the Model X would be the first all-electric vehicle to have any sort of towing capacity. That boast makes sense, as we haven't seen a whole lot of Nissan Leaf EVs with trailer hitches on the back.
The Tesla Model X's towing capacity has already been documented here. Last month, we posted a video of an Alfa Romeo 4C drag-racing against a Model X, one that was towing another Alfa Romeo 4C. And the race was pretty close. Gotta love that instant torque.
Despite the towing feature, first-quarter sales for the Model X were less than expected. In fact, the Model X moved 2,400 units during the first quarter, when sales were hampered by supply issues. Tesla says it will straighten things out and start making as many as 1,000 units a week.
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