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Should You Tow With The Tesla Model S?

tesla-tractorDesigned from the ground on up as a pure electric vehicle, the Tesla Model S was designed to do a lot of things, like go fast, look good, and deliver a zero emissions driving experience. But was it designed to tow? Technically not, but for those Tesla owners who like to flout standard conventions, Torklift Central will sell you a tow hitch for your electric luxury sedan. Or you could just make your own.

Tesla Motors did not design the Model S with tow hitch receivers, and the aerodynamics of the underside of the car will most certainly be messed up by adding a hitch. There are almost certainly other issues to deal with, such as brake size and weight (the Tesla Model S) alone weighs around 4,700 pounds. Add a 2,000 pound trailer to that, and I would question how well the Model S could come to a fast, controlled stop, though it has plenty of power and torque to handle towing.

That all said, for those who must have zero emissions towing, and don’t want to potentially ruin their Model S, the Tesla Model X has been designed with towing in mind, and will be comparable to most other luxury SUVs. That’ll put it in the 4,000 to 5,000 pound range, more than enough to tow a small boat.
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