How much does Model 3 efficiency drop while towing?
About a year ago, Tesla started offering a tow hitch for the Model 3, but only in Europe. Nearly a year later, it seems that no Model 3 vehicles with tow hitches have actually been delivered in Europe, at least according to the information in the video above.
Our good friend Ben Sullins (Teslanomics) put an aftermarket hitch on his Model 3 a year before that, with the help of his friend Zack Nelson (JerryRigEverything). He's come back around now to give us an idea of how it is working out and how much range you can expect to lose.
Since Sullins has always focused on the analysis of the numbers, he works to figure out the Model 3's real-world efficiency. For instance, if the car says the battery used 100 miles of rated range, but you only traveled 78 miles, then, at least by his definition using data from the Tezlab app, the car was 78% efficient. Under normal conditions, Sullins' Model 3 sits right around this figure. That said, his 325-mile Model 3 actually travels an average of about 262 miles before his battery dies (Sullins has tested this a few times).
With all that said, Sullins tows a 750-pound trailer to see how much energy he uses. In summary, he sees about a 40 percent range/efficiency loss. Check out the video for all the details. Then, hit us up in the comment section below.
Video Description via Teslanomics with Ben Sullins on YouTube:
Tesla Model 3 vs WWII Trailer - Range Test
I towed a 750lb trailer with my Tesla Model 3 and these were the results.
Model 3 EcoHitch - https://torkliftcentral.com/2018-tesl...
We've included the prior install video below:
Video Description via JerryRigEverything on YouTube:
Tesla Teardown! - Install a Tow Hitch on a Model 3!
Turning a Tesla Model 3 into a more useful vehicle with a hitch is a relatively simple process, that only requires a few basic tools. Watch as we add a hitch to a Model 3 in this video. Huge thanks to Ben From Teslanomics for letting us borrow his Model 3!
If you have ever wanted to learn how to install a hitch on your Tesla Model 3 this video is for you. The Hidden Eco Hitch we used in this video can be found here: https://torkliftcentral.com/x7373-2
This mod for the Tesla Model 3 allows the owner to carry bikes, or small trailers with their super powerful Tesla. An environmentally friendly economical car is now more productive with a trailer hitch. Remember that the Tesla Model 3 itself is NOT rated to tow *anything* and this might void some warranties. BUT its a free country and you are a grown adult who can do what you want with your own stuff. Enjoy.