Towing with a Tesla Model 3: Safety, Regulations and Tips for Success
Tesla Model 3 is a popular electric vehicle that has been gaining traction in the market. It is not recommended to use the Model 3 for towing in the US, but up to 2000 lbs in Europe. Companies such as Stealth Hitch sale them for the M3 in the US. This blog post will discuss the safety and legal aspects of towing with a Model 3, as well as tips on how to do it successfully.
Towing with a Model 3 is possible, but it is important to be aware of the safety risks involved. The former member here who towed an open trailer loaded with a golf cart reported that his range at highway speed was reduced to under 90 miles. It is also important to consider the weight of the load when towing, as this can affect the car's range and performance.
When it comes to legal aspects, it is important to check local laws and regulations before installing a tow hitch on your Model 3. In Europe, any car with a factory option for a tow hitch must be crash tested with the tow hitch installed. Additionally, it is illegal to install a tow hitch on a car that did not come with the option from the factory.
In terms of equipment, there are several products available for towing with a Model 3. Torklift EcoHitch is one of the most popular options, and it can be used to tow up to 2000 lbs combined trailer and load with no more than 200 lbs tongue weight. When it comes to trailer light converters, Bjorn Nyland recommends wiring the plug directly into the wiring of your tail lights (using homemade plugs and pins). Alternatively, you can use a converter that does not require splicing into your tail light wires.
Finally, it is important to note that speed limits are lower in Europe when towing than in the US. This is due to their stricter regulations and tendency to err on the side of safety more than we do in the US.
Overall, while it is possible to tow with a Model 3, it is important to be aware of safety risks and legal requirements before doing so. By following these guidelines, you can ensure that you have a safe and successful experience when towing with your Model 3.
Is it possible to tow with a Tesla Model 3 in the U.S.?
Yes, it is possible to tow with a Tesla Model 3 in the U.S., although Tesla does not officially recommend it. Companies such as Stealth Hitch sell aftermarket tow hitches for the Model 3, and some users have reported towing up to 2000 lbs with them. However, this may reduce range at highway speed to under 90 miles.
What should I consider before towing with my Model 3?
Before towing with your Model 3, you should consider safety and legal requirements. The official tow rating for the Model 3 in North America is not known, so if you install an aftermarket tow hitch, you should abide by the limits set by the hitch manufacturer (usually 2000 lbs combined trailer and load with no more than 200 lbs tongue weight). Depending on how aerodynamic your trailer and load are, you can lose half of your normal range. Additionally, you should research and be aware of any legal requirements or restrictions in your state or specific location, as well as any insurance implications.
Are there any special considerations when towing with a Model 3 in Europe?
Yes, there are some special considerations when towing with a Model 3 in Europe. Speed limits are lower when towing than in the U.S., and the weight distribution of trailers and tongue weights are also different (more balanced on the trailer axle and less tongue weight). Additionally, it is illegal to install a tow hitch on a car that did not come with the option from the factory.
What kind of light converter do you use for your trailer?
Recently I have been wiring the plug directly into the wiring of my tail lights (using homemade plugs and pins). Before that, for three years, I used a light converter that required splicing into my tail light wires. This other light converter requires no splicing into your tail light wires, but might not always work perfectly either.