Tesla Model X Tow Rating Is 5,000 Pounds

SEP 2 2015 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 23

Tesla Model X Towing Package

Tesla Model X Towing Package

As we predicted, the Tesla Model S won’t tow “close to 10,000,” as previosuly claimed by Tesla’s VP of Regulatory Affairs, Jim Chen.

A Tesla spokeswoman agreed with us, stating that Chen’s claim was “not intended to be an absolute figure.”

Our guess was that the Model X would “be rated to tow no more than 6,000 pounds.”  Turns out we were right.

When equipped with its optional $750 tow package, the Model X can tow “up to 5,000 pounds,” which should hopefully satisfy the needs of most buyers.

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I wonder what the range is when towing 5000lbs?

Must be about 200 miles.

I believe it is mush less, trailer on 5000 ins will drag up the consumption a lot and by that drag down the rang mush but that’s only my guess. We have to wait for a test

Range depends on the trailers weight, aero. A tall boat with windshield could cut it to 150 miles.
Though I can build a lightweight 7’x12′ trailer so aero it might not cut range.
Behind a less aero car, truck it might increase mileage even with 1,00lbs in it at speed.
I think Tesla to cut motor, controller and battery heat/wear to have a 100-110mph top speed option would likely double it’s towing weight.
Likely motor heating is the big limiting factor that increasing gearing would really help as would the 0-60 and 0-100mph times.

Even ignoring the aero hit from towing a trailer, I would have to imagine the range hit would be pretty severe, unless 95% of the travel is at steady highway speeds. The X probably weighs 5,000# by itself, so tacking on another 5000# of trailer load has to be a huge affect.

Upon preliminary research, a load of 5,000# can reduce fuel economy by as much as 50% on the highway!

Yep, that has been my experience. Only towed a trailer once in my life, but damn if the gas mileage didn’t suck!

A 50% reduction in range is entirely possible. Having towed quite a bit with my minivan, we’ve seen gas mileage drop by half, and that’s without speeding.

Many people mistakenly think that aerodynamics are all that matter at highway speeds, but weight plays a large role. With all that weight comes more friction, and every hill becomes more challenging for the drivetrain.

Yes, I was wondering the same thing in a previous article. I was thinking it would be a rather substantial drop on the order of 120 miles, but someone pointed out that in states with a speed limit for vehicles with trailers, range might not drop as much. It would certainly depend on trailer weight and speed laws in the state you’re in (55 in California).

I would think that Tesla will update their range calculator for the Model X and include a calculation for pulling trailers.

This is just my point of view, but if I were to ever get a trailer, I think I’d prefer a 5th wheel with a heavy duty diesel truck using bio-diesel. Or maybe a diesel PHEV truck. I’m not saying that is the right approach, but that’s probably how I’d do it.

Speed limit laws set the max legal speed, not the minimum speed you can go – you can choose to go 60mph in a 65mph zone to improve economy without being a safety hazard due to everyone else choosing to drive 70+.

This isn’t entirely true. Impeding the flow of traffic is a ticketable offence where I’m from.

Its a ticketable offense everywhere on a 2-lane road. But it wouldn’t be ticketable on a 4-lane road as long as you keep right.

In most of Europe freeway speed limit is 81mph, though there is large nuber of states with 74mph limit.
With a trailer you have a general limit of 50mph, but under some circumstances your trailer/car combination can be alowed 62mph.
Even when comparing 80mph without trailer and 60mph towing the fuel economy goes 30% down or in other words it comsumes 50% more fuel.
I expect that European drivers will see a 30% drop in range. You cannot cheat the physics, to move more weight you need more energy. Not counting incerase in drag from friction a aero.

Mmmhh, I don’t think Tesla will ever advertise this number. It is like range above 75 Mph. Could never find information on that on their site. I have no use for that 75 Mph figure. I only drive at that speed on highways when under pouring rain.

I am waiting for the drag race video with the model X and a 5,000 lb polo pony trailer, going up against a coal-rolling, F350 dually. 🙂

Now THAT would be a fun Clip!

Must Haves for this: GoPro’s on all corners + Front & Rear Views on top of each car/truck!
Assemble the final video from all the clips together!

The Model X likely won’t run the Indy 500 – but it will be a quick 1/4 miler!

Be sure to include a GoPro inside the horse-trailer to record the expression on the faces of the horses. 😉

SUV drivers shouldn’t need much towing capacity for a horse trailer. They already have the hind quarter in the driver’s seat.

As I’ve stated earlier, Model X makes a much more compelling case for Battery Swap Stations…

Are we going to see the video on Youtube now that showcase “tug of war” between Model X and other SUVs or Trucks?

Probably see “MONSTER X” at the National Tractor Pulls…

Hmm. . . . Tesla might have to start modifying their Supercharger stations to include some that can handle cars with trailers. At least on routes where trailers might be popular.

As they are right now, it seems you need to back in your Model S. That’s not going to work with a Model X towing a trailer.

Here’s a fine opportunity for Tesla to sell a ‘supercharger extension cord!!! ‘