RVelectricity: Is towing a camper trailer with an EV truck sensible?

Pricey Readers,
There’s been loads of studies about tried trailer towing with an EV truck, particularly a Ford F-150 Lightning. And the massive query is that this: Is it sensible to tow any type of journey trailer with the accessible EV vans?

The brief reply is NO! Let’s evaluate the studies from the newest to the earliest ones.

MotorTrend towing check

Tow No! The Ford F-150 Lightning Struggled in Our Towing Check

Learn the total press launch HERE.

To interrupt it down, MotorTrend used an F-150 Lightning to tow three completely different journey trailers. Freeway pace was round 65 mph, and the air temp was 72 levels. The preliminary vary was round 275 miles with no trailer. This shortly dropped to round 100 miles pulling any type of trailer.

“We towed 3100-, 5300-, and 7200-pound journey trailers with Ford’s electrical truck and didn’t get very removed from residence.We had been warned to count on the vary to be lower in half when towing, however the impact of towing these journey trailers proved much more vital. With the smallest and lightest trailer, we measured a variety of simply 115 miles. That determine fell to 100 miles with the middleweight camper and sank to a mere 90 miles with the 7,218-pound Grand Design trailer.”

Motorious towing check of the F-150 Lightning vs. the GMC Sierra Gasser

Only a few weeks in the past, Motorious did a parallel towing check evaluating the vary of an F-150 Lightning with a GMC Sierra with a regular gICE (gasoline Inside Combustion Engine). And the checks confirmed the identical 2/3 lack of vary when towing a trailer.

“The Ford truck didn’t make it the 282 miles the onboard pc estimated, a determine which was adjusted to 160 miles as soon as the driving force offered the trailer specs. The plan was to go to a charging station 147 miles away, however because the batteries depleted extra quickly than anticipated, a vacation spot 45 miles nearer was chosen. Nevertheless, the Lightning couldn’t even make it the 102 miles pulling the trailer, so the driving force needed to flip round and head again to a nearer charging station, arriving with 9 p.c cost left.”

My very own GoGreenRV towing check final July with an ID.4

Whereas I couldn’t speak Ford out of an F-150 Lightning final yr, Volkswagen did step up by supplying me with an ID.4 EV SUV. Not precisely a pickup truck, it was nonetheless rated to tow 2,800 lbs., so I used a Safari Condominium Alto trailer.

The Alto is a lovely teardrop trailer that clam-shells right down to hardly 6 ft. tall whereas towing, however opens as much as over 6 ft. inside headroom. I hoped that the decrease peak would cut back the drag sufficient to cut back the anticipated vary loss whereas towing. Learn my full report HERE.

However that was to not be. At a freeway pace of 65 mph, I skilled a 60% lack of towing vary.

Whereas I actually appreciated the ID.4 as a every day driver round city, and even on 100-mile journeys, the present EV battery know-how is solely not able to tow something vital. Sure, it may be completed, however you’ll be restricted to maybe 100 miles at a time, after which you must disconnect your trailer from the tow automobile to cost it up for at the very least an hour or extra.

When will sensible towing with an EV be attainable?

I don’t suppose that EV goes to be sensible with present battery know-how anytime quickly. I’ve been watching the graphs on the power density and price curves for battery know-how, and my finest guess is that by 2030 this may very well be attainable, since they’re predicting big advances in battery storage over the subsequent 8 years or so.

Nevertheless, within the meantime I feel that hybrid automobiles just like the F-150 PowerBoost I examined final yr are actually attention-grabbing, particularly if you add the optionally available 7.2kW inverter generator that may actually run for days from the idling V6 engine. The PowerBoost affords actual prospects of boondocking for days with out dragging round a heavy generator and gallons of gasoline.

Sadly, Ford doesn’t appear to be involved in selling the F-150 PowerBoost for towing a camper and even as a backup generator for a home. My questions on the potential of an F-250 PowerBoost go unanswered. However that may very well be an actual towing machine in the event that they determined to constructed one.

However within the meantime?

I’m watching the Lippert Edison and Airstream E-Stream prototype trailers intently, and can report after I can get some highway time with them. However it may very well be a yr or extra earlier than both prototype is able to hit the streets.

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