Watch This Tesla Model S Get Charged By Being Towed – Video


Though we’d never recommend this method of charging, it does work.

In the video, you’ll see a Tesla Model S charge up while being towed.ย  Maybe that is something you just have to do in Russia when you are in a pinch?ย  Anyway, the Model S owner gains back about 10 kilometers of range over 3 minutes worth of towing at 60 kilometers per hour – going by the dash readout.

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen something like this.ย  A Nissan LEAF has been documented as charging while being towed too.

Why would anyone do this?ย  Just to prove it’s possible, we guess.

Model S Gets Charged While Being Towed

Model S Gets Charged While Being Towed

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I spoke with a Ford engineer who explained that this is why the Focus EV mules had RV tow hitches on the front, they’d hook them up to F Series trucks and tow them around the test track if they needed more testing but didn’t want to wait on a charge.

Should be “10 km of range over 3 minutes worth of towing at 60 kph”, surely?

(And judging by the regen meter, running it up to 60 mph would not actually have resulted in 10 miles range/3 minutes, unfortunately.)

Where’s the rogue military tank or a pedestrian being run over? Russian videos use to be so much better than this…… ๐Ÿ™‚

towing 60km/h not 60mi/h

“Why would anyone do this?”

Because there are no freaking superchargers in Mother Russia perhaps?

The electric highway and the autonomous vehicle, delivered ๐Ÿ™‚

Tesla does not promote nor support direct sales to Russia at this time…

Yeah, that is not going nor should it stop individuals with means from procuring Model S cars from abroad and having them delivered at home. Electric cars transcend geopolitcal borders, quite literally, with or without supperchargers or much support. With the way things are going in China maybe Tesla should consider selling in Eastern Europe, they will be surprised at how many people would/have already bought one.

Just to translate: the guy is driving to Barnaul (that would be in Siberia) and he realized that he needs an additional 30 km of range to make it to his destination.

He asked the truck driver to tow him for about 20 km. His expectation is that he will gain 50 km of range, as he notes that he gains 5 km of range for every 2 km of being towed.

I would imagine this is being done out of necessity. There are not many options for charging along this route, probably not even a regular electric outlet.

ะัƒ ัั‚ะพ ะกัƒะฟะตั€! Only in Russia!

“…he notes that he gains 5 km of range for every 2 km of being towed.”

The Russians have invented a perpetual motion machine!

I’m sure the semi is incurring worse mileage as a result. But it’s probably lost in the rounding error. The Tesla is regenerating at a higher rate than it would use to travel the same distance/speed, hence more miles gained than covered.

I’d be interested to see what Tesla’s engineers would have to say about doing this. Is it hard on the car? Or is it just like using regenerative braking to charge the battery pack while driving down a mountain… that is, something the car can handle perfectly well?

I think it’s the same as driving down a mountain.
And if there is a battery overtemp, or overcharge, the regenerative power decrease, and you have to use your conventional brakes to decrease your speed.

Oh hell! That’s a bit close for tow!

In Soviet Russia, Car charge you.

Darn, you beat me to it ๐Ÿ™‚

So now all we need is for EV’s to have tow hitches front and back and big overhead powered tractor units making regularly trips along major highways.
Hook up in a chain with other drivers going the same way! Sleep all the way to the next city, unhook fully charged and good to go!

So when a single Tesla is regen’ing at an assumed 60kwh you would tow several? How powerful must that truck be to be able to pull all that I wonder.

Certainly the semi tractor could pull several Tesla Model S’s, even with regenerative braking on, if the semi had a light load or was running empty. Could it do so with a full load? I dunno. Probably, if it was over flat terrain, altho it might reduce the semi’s top speed some. Obviously the fuel consumption of the semi would increase. TANSTAAFL — There Ain’t No Such Thing As A Free Lunch.

I see that Russians are just as clueless as Americans concerning the proper format for cell phone videos.

There needs to be an education campaign so that cell phone owners know how to take a video in 16:9 and not 4:2 format.

Putin said, russian scientists will deploy the fastest charging stations for EVs in the world in 2015. This one goes 60kph, there you go…

Tach? Really?

Just for you, I changed it to “dash readout”, (=