Theoretically, according to Engineering Explained, yes. Thank regenerative braking for that.
Collabs can produce really high-quality content for YouTube, as Engineering Explained and Straight Pipes channels prove with the video above. Thinking about regenerative braking and towing, they wondered if a Ford Raptor could charge a Tesla Model 3 solely by pulling it. Would it be an efficient process? They have come to fascinating conclusions, as you will see above.
Gallery: Ford Raptor Charges A Tesla Model 3 By Towing It
One of them is that the Tesla Model 3 could theoretically be fully charged after being towed for 75 km. That conclusion came from seeing that the Model 3 recovered a little more than 1 kW after 1 km of towing. The Tesla Model 3 in the video is a Performance, with a 75-kWh battery pack.
The problem is that Tesla restricts the regenerative braking power if the battery is close to its full capacity. If it were the same along all the charging process, then you would get a full charge after 75 km. Perhaps Jason Fenske will put that to the test in the future. Or install a Steinbauer Power Module on his Model 3 when the company offers one for this car.
The other conclusions are less subject to controversy. We will let you discover them by yourself while watching the video. Its most significant service is to show how amazingly efficient electric cars are. Have a look and enjoy one of the best collabs we have ever seen.
Video Description Via Engineering Explained On YouTube:
Can Towing A Tesla Model 3 With A Ford Raptor Recharge It?
The Straight Pipes high mileage Ford Raptor is used to tow the Tesla Model 3 Performance while driving around Toronto Motorsports Park.
Can you recharge a Tesla Model 3 by towing it? That's a great question, and we're going to to use a Ford Raptor to find out. We'll also need to determine how quickly a Tesla can be recharged by towing it, and how far you'd need to travel to fully recharge the battery. The Tesla Model 3 can charge its battery through regenerative braking, where the wheels of the car force the electric motor to spin, which forces a charge into the battery. This is used to slow the car down, and improve its efficiency. However, if you tow the car, you might be able to use that regenerative braking to charge the battery, that is what this video seeks to find out.
On top of this, we'll determine what's more efficient - Option 1: traveling with a Ford Raptor from A to B, or Option 2: Using a Raptor to tow a Tesla, then driving the Tesla from A to B. To do this, we'll need to determine the Tesla's efficiency, the Ford's efficiency, and the Ford's efficiency while towing. Then, using the regen rate of the Tesla, we can find out what the Tesla's true fuel economy is while using a Ford Raptor to tow it. It's a super fun video with a fascinating conclusion; have a watch!