With trailer, Tesla Model X keeps 70% of EV range

Electric SUV Tesla Model X can still scamper with a trailer on the back.

Lord have mercy on the poor soul who gets smoked by a Tesla Model X towing a 2,300-pound trailer. Truth is, it could happen to almost any of us, as the electric SUV can still hustle with an extra axle or two hanging off the back, according to trailer maker Bowlus. Apparently, the Model X maintains most of its single-charge range in highway driving, too.

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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