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Posted: 05/26/21 05:42pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Realistic look at EV Towing

Well those of you all gung ho for new electric p/u should try this realistic look at what to expect: 60 mile real world range when towing, 24 hour (not overnight) recharge on 240 V charger or one week on 120 V

I think electric cars are OK for urban dwellers with short range needs, forget towing.


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That doesn't sound right to me.


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Hi,

Here is what Jay Leno has to say: "Inevitable"

https://youtu.be/cH79SuivdAQ


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Posted: 05/26/21 06:11pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

60 miles seems short unless that is worst case scenario. 24 hr charge might be right for L2 if you happen to arrive perfectly empty and must have full 100% before you go again. 120v is a joke at this level.

While the tow rating is substantial I agree it may not be practical for very many people.

Still try to imagine getting 60 to 80 MPG on this large vehicle that should be able to run a mid 12 second 1/4 mile while you commute, out to dinner, Home Depot, stop for groceries and the rest. Going to be a compelling vehicle for many people. I mean trade that Prius econobox in already.


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Posted: 05/26/21 06:40pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

now you done did it..... don't tick off those EV's folks..... they get ornery ! [emoticon]


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Since when did campgrounds only have 15 amp outlets? It is a nice video--but clearly he did not research charging at campgrounds too well.

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pianotuna wrote:

Since when did campgrounds only have 15 amp outlets? It is a nice video--but clearly he did not research charging at campgrounds too well.


Depends upon the camp ground you are at! Many I have been to, electricity is a no go, nearest water spigot can be a site or two down the lane.....assuming a national forest or state out in the boonies. So dry camping it is.
Local ski area I went too, again, NOT electricity, running water or sewer. So you show up with a full water, LP and a generator to charge house batteries during the 3+ days i was usually up their.....

But with all said and done, EV's are probably not fully capable for towing at this moment in human history. Next year or decade I reserve the right to change opinion, and say EV rigs can tow reasonably well etc.

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90% of trucks are used to pick up groceries and kids. A contractor grabs materials for the crew. A guy might tow his boat 30 miles to a lake. Take a load of trash to the dump. EV trucks are here to stay, no matter what you want or think. Towing 15,000 pounds is waaaaay down that list.

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I wouldn't mind having the new Ford EV truck for around town or trips of a couple of hours at the most. That said I would keep the F-350 strictly for towing. I think EV'S have a niche for commuter/errand/delevery vehicles.

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I would bet 95% of all EV trucks will be commuters and never see a trailer behind them. The Tesla towing TFL did a while ago proves the dismal range these things get when used outside of their idea circumstances.


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