Tesla Model X Pulls Big Trailer Up Mountain – Video


Towing With Tesla Model X

Towing With Tesla Model X

YouTuber and Tesla Model X owner Bjorn Nyland decided to see how well his electric SUV would tow a rather large trailer during a recent journey.

Video description:

“A few weeks ago I pulled a big trailer up the hills of Hemsedal. Despite the heavy load and massive drag caused by the trailer, I had no power restrictions or heat issues at all. A small mistake in the distance: The correct is 13.5 km/8.4 mi. I have license class BE.”

Common belief is that electric cars aren’t well suited to towing, but as Nyland reports, that doesn’t seem to hold true with the Model X.

Check out the video for more information/details.

Earlier this year (just after having taken delivery of his Model X), Bjorn towed a boat as well (video below):

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Good test at 15ºC! Someone in the southwest U.S. needs to pull a trailer up a similar incline when the ambient is 35ºC to stress the MX cooling system a bit more.

I wonder if there is a battery temp display available on the model x …. something a little more scientific than listening to the ‘fan’ standing in front of the car?

/ aaahhhhh sheeeeeeeit

Hmmm. This should scare the X out of Ford.

There’s a reason Ford’s PE is 6.

Let’s be real, here – calling 2200 lbs. a ‘heavy load’ is a joke.

Mr. Nyland even said it’s not that heavy. As far as I can see it’s only Eric who thinks it is heavy.

Just as a note to be fair: Big is not the same as heavy…which is what Eric stated, and he also used the word large.

And trailer as in trailer in the conventional utility meaning…not talking about pulling an RV, horses, camper or boat.

With this (below) being an example of a standard trailer:
…but rather “big” and “large” in respect to the displacement, and wind-sale/aero disaster box trailer that it is

It was Bjorn in the video description that uses the word “heavy”

The “standard” trailer you’re showing is specially made to be lightweight. Any car should be capable of towing that with a moderate load on it, even cars not rated for towing. Heck, even a three-wheeled motorcycle should be able to tow that with a light to moderate load on it.

The last time we saw an article about EV towing, it showed one of those micro-campers. I wasn’t impressed by towing such a light load, and in fact you can see photos of three-wheeled motorcycles towing those (see link below).

For a true test of towing ability, we need to see the Model X towing a significantly larger trailer, and one that’s much closer to the 5000 lb. rated towing limit.


No-one is calling it a heavy load.

The Model X was accelerating quickly up a hill with a 2200lb load. Not bad.

This bodes well for tests with heavy loads, like, over 5000lbs.

The Model X itself weighs 5500lbs I think.

Bjorn is very analytical and will probably produce some more videos illustrating the range variations with different loads.

Maybe we will see some drag racing videos with some “Superduty” type truck towing a 10,000lb load and a Model X doing the same thing. Will be fun to watch, if nothing else 🙂

I’d be more interested in seeing to Model X going downhill with a 5000lb trailer on a long steep grade.

Hmmm, from the title of this article, I expected a large camping trailer (aka caravan), not this mid-sized trailer. And 2200 lbs is nowhere near Tesla’s recommended limit of 5000 lbs.

Let’s see a test of pulling one of these up a mountain!

You didn’t listen to video. He says it’s “not that heavy” and he may try 2000 kg later. (That’s 4400 lbs, near the vehicle’s capacity)

People who actually tow big trailers are going to mock calling a 1 ton trailer a “big” trailer.

When MotorTrend tests 1/2 ton trucks, they use a 3.5 ton trailer, which they use because this is considered an “average” size trailer:

“the data says they tow 7,000-8,000 pounds on average, regardless of what the truck is capable of. Armed with this information, we loaded our trailer up to 7,000 pounds and hit the road.”


Sure, comparing an SUV to a light duty truck isn’t exactly right, but folks who actually tow stuff are going to read this title and laugh at EV owners as being out of touch. This doesn’t help our case in convincing non-EV fans that EV’s are ready to replace their gas vehicles.

Furthermore, the problem with towing is the effect on **range**. An 8 mile test doesn’t exactly put that issue to rest, lol.

It’s great the X can tow a little. But a pig who sings is a remarkable pig, not a remarkable singer.

Exactly. I’d be far more interested in the range hit, which from previous reports is considerable… like about half the range.

Towing a moderately small trailer less than 10 miles isn’t much of a test of the Model X’s towing ability. Rather disappointing. We’ve come to expect more from Bjørn Nyland.

Well if he were to maintain that same speed (around 52mph) the 100kw draw would drain that battery in less than 1 hour or 52 miles. So yes, even with a small trailer, a big hit in range.

That might be true, but he would climb 12,400 feet over that 52 miles. By saying he could only go 52 miles, you are basing that on the current incline….doubtful that anyone would need to climb 12,400 feet.

Sure, the highest road in the USA is 14,130 feet….but I’m pretty sure you wouldn’t use a Model X to tow a trailer there!

Also, think of the regen on the way down…

Bjorn indicates in another video that towing 2400 pounds cuts his range by almost exactly 50%. Pretty impressive, considering he is adding 4 more tires on the road and a TON of drag to a normally streamline vehicle.

To be fair to Bjørn, he has published a much more relevant towing test (of a large boat) where the impact on range is the major theme.

Let’s see how it is doing in the alps

THIS is still the best video ever on this subject. I love how the video editing hides the big punchline until the end. Don’t give it away in comments, let other people watch this drag race between an Alfa Romeo “supercar” and a Tesla Model X SUV and see for themselves …

Not sure what a chick car vs a X towing on a flat surface has to do with anything…

Thanks for wasting some electrons…

A carbon fiber car that tops out at 160 mph and laps the “Ring” in 8 minutes flat is a chick car? Wow, you really are an idiot. Or your “chick” is Danica Patrick. I guess you think a Miata is a chick car too just because its small and a convertible. And a Tesla Roadster must be too.

Er… You did *watch* the video… right?

I don’t really understand what all the hoop-la is about. Tesla say the X can tow a trailer up to 5k lbs… With what I know about the X, that’s more than good enough for me. *Of course* it’s going to use more energy and reduce its per charge range. Does anyone imagine this *doesn’t* happen in an ICEV? Is so, they are even more stupid than ‘DJ’.

But it would be nice to see some reports of just how much range is lost when towing. Since long trips in a PEV (Plug-in EV) require planning for where to stop to recharge, being able to estimate how much range you’ll lose is very important. In many areas of the country, Superchargers are spaced about 120 miles apart. If towing causes the MX to lose half its range, this is going to make “road trips” either much more difficult or much slower, or both. Some States have a lower speed limit for towing, so that should help some, assuming drivers observe that lower limit. But really, I have to wonder how many MX drivers are going to be willing to either drive long distances at, say, 45 MPH, or else stop to charge at CSS or CHAdeMO chargers to enable a road trip while towing. All in all, the MX might be a good car for short distance hauling, such as towing your boat to the local lake. But I think you’d have to be a pretty dedicated EV advocate to be willing to take the MX on an extended road trip where you have to stop for an… Read more »

Great to see that the X has another unexpected use. As someone who tows a variety of trailers, none really big, nor any trips very far,the prospect of being able to tow anything with a model X is amazing. According to video, 90% of my towing would be able to be done by the model X.

Guys…he says right in the video the trailer is “not that heavy”. None of you listenend to it.

I just had a conversation this past week about EVs and towing. My friend wanted to know how easily a Model X could tow his 2-ton sailboat/trailer on a 400-mile trip to a nearby regatta. It’s something that many people in the sailing club do every year with their SUVs and trucks. It would be very hard (and expensive!) to do so with an EV today.

That’s just the unfortunate truth about the state of EVs. And sadly, because of this, he poo-poo’d the idea of an EV. Despite the fact that, in addition to his truck, he has a Jetta TDI as his daily driver. That certainly couldn’t pull his boat.

It largely depends on your friend’s route of travel and if there are superchargers along that route. Most supercharger corridors have chargers spaced 70-90 miles apart. So even with the hit on range from towing, it would likely be easily doable along a SC corridor. The bigger issue, however, might be charging without blocking several charge stalls. Having to unhook the trailer at each charge stop would be a pain.

It also depends on his willingness to stop every 100 miles for 15-20 minutes. In his case, this willingness was pretty low. Especially when his diesel could get there and back on a tank.

This is the mentality we are up against here. So for the sake of that single annual regatta (for which he could just as easily rent), he turns away from EVs as impractical. Stories such as this one are only going to cement his opinion in his mind.

There is a standardized towing test. J2807. More info: http://www.caranddriver.com/features/that-dam-towing-test-new-sae-trailering-standards-explained-tech-dept

I asked Tesla a year ago whether they would pass this test, no word yet.