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  • Fred and Jenny Hooper's 2018 Tesla Model X camping with R-Pod trailer in Sanford, Florida

    Towing a camper with an electric SUV may be the ultimate test of any fast-charger network. And, for one couple at least, Tesla has passed. “We were like pioneers in a Conestoga wagon,” says Fred Hooper, a Pennsylvanian veterinarian who, with his wife Jenny, just returned from a 7,700 mile, 45-day trip around the southeastern U.S. in a Tesla Model X 100D towing a camping trailer. Along the way, they planned to stop at every Tesla Supercharger available and took cards for a couple of backup networks (ChargePoint and Blink) just in case. The Tesla Model X is rated to tow 5,000 pounds...

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    Forget big V-8s and diesels: Why electric trucks will be great for towing

    Pickups in the U.S. are often sold on the bragging rights of numbers—not the Olympic-sprinter acceleration times and top-speed numbers that sell performance cars, but in how high they can tip the scales in strongman-contest pulling and hauling tasks. For that, the electric pickups on the way...

  • 2016 Tesla Model X
    Tesla Model X for trailer towing: Edmunds is not convinced

    The Tesla Model X's towing ability is a pro, but it comes with quite a few cons.

  • 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD
    New hood scoop feeds cool air to 2017 Chevy Silverado HD diesel truck

    The 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD features a new hood scoop to feed air to its diesel engine.

  • 2016 Tesla Model X
    Tesla Model X trailer towing: how much range impact on electric SUV?

    A trailer company hitches up a Model X to one of its products.

  • Tesla Model X prototype in Culver City, California [photo by Instagram user jmtibs]
    Want An Electric Car That Can Tow? That's The Tesla Model X

    The Tesla Model X will be available with an optional towing hitch.

  • 2012 Tesla Model S

    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...

  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt using Level 2 240-Volt charging station in Vacaville, California
    Charging An Electric Car In CA? Make Sure You’re Not Towed

    On January 1, 2012, California Assembly Bill 475 came into effect in California. Essentially, the new law makes it possible that your plug-in car could get towed if you haven’t locked your car to the charging station cord. Backed by general Motors, the bill’s advocates claimed it was...

  • TorkLift Central's Tow Hitch For The 2012 Nissan Leaf
    Want To Tow With Your 2012 Nissan Leaf? Now You Can

    If you own a 2012 Nissan Leaf alongside a regular gasoline car, the chances are you’ve already taken to driving your electric car as much as possible, using it for everything from the daily commute to weekend trips to the dump. But while Nissan’s mass production electric car beats a...

  • Leafplan.nl tow-charges a 2011 Nissan Leaf
    Can You Charge a 2011 Nissan Leaf by Towing it? Apparently So (VIDEO)

    Imagine the scene: You’re out in your 2011 Nissan Leaf only to discover you have 6 miles of available range left but need to travel 26 miles to reach your youngest daughter’s birthday party. Oh, and there’s no-where to charge. At least, that’s the crazy premise which lead...

  • Car being loaded onto flat bed tow truck
    Has Your Electric Car Stopped Working? Flatbed It, Don't Tow

    Fabulous creations that electric cars are, they're still machines designed by mere mortals and as a result, they may occasionally go wrong. As they're operated by mere mortals too, you may find one time that you're unable to reach your destination on a charge thanks to a miscalculation, or you've...

  • 2008 Toyota Prius
    Reader Question: Can I Tow My Prius Behind My RV or Motorhome?

    We love reader questions, and occasionally they prompt posts, like this one: I'm thinking of buying a motorhome. Can I tow my 2008 Toyota Prius behind it? Stumped us, so we turned to the good people at Toyota. They sent us excerpts from the Prius owner's manual, complete with many, many, many...

  • Ram Hybrid Badge

    The Hybrid HEMI is on the prowl again. The folks at Leftlane News got some new pictures of what will become Dodge's only hybrid model: the Ram pickup truck. This comes after Chrysler pulled the plug on hybrid versions of the full-size Aspen and Durango SUVs a short time ago. The Hybrid Ram uses the same system that we recently reviewed on the Chevy Silverado Hybrid. Chrysler developed the 'two-mode' hybrid powertrain in concert with GM, Mercedes Benz and BMW. In the Dodge Ram application, a 5.7 liter HEMI V8, featuring Chrysler's Multi-Displacement System, (which turns off four of the eight...

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