Tesla Model X Tows Boat – Videos

2 years ago by Eric Loveday 23

Tesla Model X Tow Boat

Tesla Model X Tow Boat

We’ve finally come across some video of the Tesla Model X conducting some real-world towing.

Unfortunately, the videos are very brief and don’t show us much, but we do know that the boat, trailer and associated gear weigh in at approximately 4,850 pounds, which is just shy of the max tow rating for the Model X.

The Tesla Model X is rated to tow up to 5,000 pounds, provided that it’s optioned properly.

To tow 5,000 pounds, the Model X requires the $750 Tow Package and must be fitted with 20-inch wheels, not the optional 22-inch wheels.

If you opt for 22-inch wheels, the tow rating of the Model X falls sharply to 3,500 pounds.

The YouTube uploader says that he’ll conduct some more extensive tests with this towing rig to see how it impacts the Model X’s range. We hope those videos and data get posted soon.

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23 responses to "Tesla Model X Tows Boat – Videos"

  1. Bob A says:

    Tow, tow, tow your boat,
    Gently down the street

    Sorry. Just couldn’t pass it up.

    1. ffbj says:

      Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, life is but a tweet.

      1. martinwinlow says:

        *Please!…*

  2. 13Volt says:

    Very curious to hear about range. My truck with a 5,000 lb travel trailer will go about 300 miles on a tank of fuel. If this can do 200 miles it would work for me. The only hassle would be unhitching to supercharge as I don’t think any of the superchargers are trailer friendly.

    1. ItsNotAboutTheMoney says:

      There are a few with pull-through or pull-in stations but even where there are, a trailer would probably be blocking aisles.

      1. ItsNotAboutTheMoney says:

        I’ll add that Augusta, ME’s Supercharger has 1 out of 8 pull-in, and keeping a trailer hitched there wouldn’t prevent others from charging as long as the tower straightened or turned in left.

        However, one problem with that approach would be that if another driver were already in the other spot of that pair the tower would get slower charging.

        I don’t think Tesla has really tried to set up the Superchargers for towing at all.

        1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

          “I don’t think Tesla has really tried to set up the Superchargers for towing at all.”

          No, I don’t think they have. And I suspect that where a Supercharger hookup is possible while towing, it has more to do with luck than planning.

          It will be interesting to see if future Supercharger installations have one or more stalls designed to enable Supercharging while towing.

    2. zzzzzzzzzz says:

      You should know what is proportion of range decrease or fuel consumption increase when towing your boat. About the same will be with any car, electric or not.
      Hint: You are risking do not reach next supercharger if it is over 150 miles away and you don’t drive dangerously slow on highway. Hopefully that particular supercharger will not require you to back up to connect the plug.

      Other than that, it should be fine for local short distance towing.

      1. jelloslug says:

        I would hope they would take it easy when towing something like that on the expressway.

  3. Big Solar says:

    Man!, he must have used 40KWh for that trip!

    1. John says:

      I wonder what a Tesla WakeBoard boat would look like…
      I want supercharges on the lake.

  4. Pete says:

    Hope the boat is electric!

  5. arne-nl says:

    What’s the zero to sixty time with the boat?

    1. Murrysville EV says:

      4.5 seconds, but the boat stretches out like Silly Putty.

  6. Murrysville EV says:

    “You’re gonna need a smaller boat.”

  7. Mike says:

    I want to see a Model X vs F350 drag race video with both pulling trailers. That would be classic.

    1. Loboc says:

      How is that fair? A 1-ton pickup can pull 3x what this X is doing.

    2. dRanger says:

      As the acceleration is generally proportional to mass, I would expect the result to be the same as a drag race without boats, and I’m pretty sure how that would turn out.

  8. flmark says:

    Thanks to giving one of my Volts to my son in September, I got to do something that I previously had not done, which was to tow the empty towing dolly back from NY to FL. While there are a number of variants, some anecdotal items lead me to hope for the best when I (expectedly) sell the 2 mode Tahoe Hybrid and buy the model X.

    I let the Tahoe decide its speed based on when it shifts to 4 cylinder mode, which is typically at about 64 mph. [Switching to 8 cyl IMMEDIATELY cuts 4 mpg off of my efficiency] Interestingly, the (approx) 1000+ lb dolly did not appreciably effect the speed of 4 cylinder engagement on level ground. Overall, my 24 mpg trip went down to 22 mpg.

    When the Volt is behind me on the dolly, I drive at 55 mph. This speed reduction ends up making the Tahoe use fuel at a rate of 20 mpg, only a 17% reduction. While this is definitely not an apples to apples comparison, I find it important to note, and contradict a previous statement, that a modest reduction in speed (not to the level of ‘dangerous’) can be utilized to make range reduction a reasonable amount when towing heavy loads.

    Oh yeah, and don’t even come close to trying to maintain the speed limit on steep grades. I watch my instantaneous mpg drop to 9 going up hills and watch vehicles pass me with towed loads, wondering if they know they are probably getting less than 1 mpg just because they can utilize all those horses under the hood. There is a reason they provide truck lanes on big hills.

    1. James says:

      It will be exciting to eventually have that Model X replacing that 2-Mode Tahoe, with it’s sheer weight and truck underpinnings. Gone will be leaf springs and that inefficient ICE under the hood!