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Yes, Teslas Can Tow: Model S Trailer Hitch Installation (Video)

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If you think about it, the Tesla Model S comes close to being the ideal tow vehicle for lighter loads.

It's large, weighty and stable at speed. It's rear-drive, for good traction. And it has plenty of torque. If those aren't good tow car characteristics, we don't know what are.

Now, one company has made use of those characteristics and offers a trailer hitch kit for the Model S.

Torklift Central's trailer hitch doesn't even require drilling, and remains remarkably well hidden below the rear bumper--so the sleek lines of the Model S won't be spoiled by its installation.

As the video above shows, the kit attaches using the original mounting holes for the rear crash structure on the Model S, and just a small part of the bar emerges from beneath the bumper when installed.

The company says it's rated at 200 lbs tongue weight and 2,000 lbs of weight carrying, though does absolve itself from responsibility if the Model S handbook advises against towing--something owners will have to check before buying such a kit for their cars.

2-inch and 1.25-inch versions are available, each costing $349.95, and fitting instructions are provided.

Now you just have to find a trailer that won't reduce the Model S's range or performance too much...

[Hat tip: John C. Briggs]

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Comments (8)
  1. That'd work for a trailer when moving around town.
     
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  2. Just a word of advice... Read your Model S warranty EXCLUSIONS AND LIMITATIONS before making this addition (modification) to the car.
     
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  3. Not sure why an electric car like Model S should not be capable of towing immense loads. Maybe the limitations are in the lack of chassis reinforcements needed to attach a heavy duty hitch.
     
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  4. I wouldn't want to do that to a $100k car.
     
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  5. Kind of strange that they had to remove the bumper cover. When I put two hitches on cars I own I only had to crawl under the car and bolt it up to the unit body chassis using the bolt holes provided by the car manufacturer. No bumper cover removal needed at all. Also, How hard is it to remove the bumper cover? and what if you damage the finish while doing it? Yes that would be hard to live with on 100K car. I like that it is a receiver hitch so you can remove the ball and all you will see is the lower part sticking out. Way better for a bike rack than putting your dirty Mountain bike inside your car like some have done.
     
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  6. Would be ideal for hitch bike racks as these are much better for aerodynamics than roof mounts. And I'd much rather put my muddy mtb on a rack than inside (if I could ever afford a Model S).
     
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  7. Seems a 200Lbs tongue weight would be more than plenty for one of those basket/platform style racks and a generator. Hmmmmm...
     
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  8. Not surprised...my wife saw a Toyota Prius towing a Honda Civic Hybrid last year.

    Maybe not with early adopters, but eventually someone will take a Tesla or Leaf and try to tow an ICE car.
     
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