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pianotuna

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Posted: 12/07/21 11:52am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hi all,

First, I know almost nada about towing.

Kia has come out with the EV6 with an over 300 mile range.

It has a towing capacity of 1600 KG (3527 lb).

Share your thoughts?


Regards, Don
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Gettin cabin fever up 'der already? Time to stir the pot a little, eh?

I'll bite.
0-60 claimed 4.6sec means it's the equivalent of an honest 400hp car that size. Power won't be an issue.
Otherwise it will be a typical mid-size crossover with no meaningful payload, a drivetrain designed to move 4 people and some soccer gear topped with a few bags of organic gmo free groceries from Whole Foods, not a trailer requiring a much higher duty cycle on everything that is a moving part and probably have to find a charger every 100miles so as to not risk a big box of dead Duracells in the middle of nowhere.

Or in short, who cares?


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Oh, and I predict up to 3 people will defend it's honor and claimed abilities, to a fault, and those 3 likely wouldn't know a tow vehicle from toe jamb. Would say 4 but Reisender doesn't post much here anymore....
While everyone else calls it what it is, an electric grocery getter!

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Hi Don. Depends what you are towing. If you are towing a 1200 kg or less teardrop trailer with good aerodynamics and you are keeping it 90 kmh or less probably plan on losing half the guided range and then everything else is a bonus. That EV6 has similar specs to a Tesla model Y. Most of the model Y drivers that are towing that we have talked to follow those guidelines and are not disappointed.

Having said that, we are in BC. Speed limits are lower and roads are whindy and hilly, so towing over 90 is kind of rare unless you like to live dangerously. Campgrounds are close and lots of them. As well charging infrastructure is very good. Not sure what it’s like where you are but keep all that in mind. Depending on where and how you camp it may suit your needs fine. But if long regular hauls are in your future then maybe a half ton with a big tank is better suited to the job.

All JMHO Don. Not an expert.

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It's almost as if a notification goes out to certain people every time the 2 letters E & V are connected together as an abbreviation! LOL

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So what do you want Grit? "It'll explode and disintegrate into a pile of ash if you bring a hitch ball within 6' of it." "Can't tow anything without a crew cab diesel dually."

Can I have my membership card now?

I mean really, though... Anything can tow SOMETHING. Fuel economy goes down any time you hitch something to any tow vehicle. Nothing different here.


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Read the thread Rivian Thread

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mkirsch wrote:

So what do you want Grit? "It'll explode and disintegrate into a pile of ash if you bring a hitch ball within 6' of it." "Can't tow anything without a crew cab diesel dually."

Can I have my membership card now?

I mean really, though... Anything can tow SOMETHING. Fuel economy goes down any time you hitch something to any tow vehicle. Nothing different here.


I don't want nothin, lol. Just responding to piano's initial trolling post. He asked for us to "share our thoughts."

PS, I gave an honest opinion. Said it obviously has the power to pull, but will be a p!ss poor tow vehicle in general.
What do YOU want? Haha

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Towing with an electric car.

Here you go. Start at 18 minutes if you want to miss all the towing solo and bla, bla, bla.......

Several bottom lines here
#1. Towing with a small light trailer on a dead flat road not even going the speed limit will use 3 times the power of solo..

#2 When towing you will have to carry a gas gen set with you or you won't make it to a lot of your destinations. (at least if you travel the same roads I travel on vacation)

#3. In general, towing with an electric car right now really, really sucks. (unless you want to throw a tent in the back of your car and call that camping) (but then again that really, really sucks too) [emoticon]

Keep in mind this trailer weights under 5K and is more aero than a TT. An average TT I see on the road will use WAAAAAAAAAAY more energy than a horse trailer and does not travel on dead flat roads.


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pianotuna wrote:

Hi all,

First, I know almost nada about towing.

Kia has come out with the EV6 with an over 300 mile range.

It has a towing capacity of 1600 KG (3527 lb).

Share your thoughts?


Lots of EV towing videos out there. The Fast Lane Truck has done a few. I'm pretty interested in EVs and try to look at them from a science-focused lens. (weird, right?) Bottom line- EVs are considerably more efficient than ICE vehicles when not towing. The downside of that is that a trailer takes exactly the same amount of energy to move it down the road regardless of what's pulling it. It seems counterintuitive, but the result ends up being that the efficiency of an EV while towing is hurt much more than a comparable ICE tow vehicle. Bottom line, figure that the EVs range while towing at capacity will be 1/3 that of its solo range. I've read and watched several EV towing tests that bear this out.

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