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A hitch

Discussion in 'Model S' started by tolppa, Feb 22, 2010.

  1. tolppa

    tolppa Member

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    Does Model S include a hitch as accessory? :) Definitely needed!
     
  2. Cobos

    Cobos S60 owner since 2013

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    I sure hope so as well. I'd even want one of those detacheable or detractable ones...

    Cobos
     
  3. Iz

    Iz EVs are here to stay

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    It would be a good option particularly with an adapter to tow a small charging trailer -- for those long trips.
     
  4. NEWDL

    NEWDL R#350 R#1323 Sig23 8136

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    My guess is that a hitch is a no go option on the Model S. Maybe aftermarket, but the rear sub structure will be unlike any other vehicle that U-HAUL is used to attaching a hitch to.

    Does the E class have a hitch option? Jag XF? ect...?

    Just not right for that segments buyers...
     
  5. Cobos

    Cobos S60 owner since 2013

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    Well a factory mounted hitch is the sensible option. Looking at the E-class and the Jaguar XF here in Norway it looks like the E-class has a retractible hitch on the factory options list while the Jag seems not to.

    In Norway at least a family image for a car equals a hitch option. The E-class here has more of a family image than the Jag I suppose.

    Cobos
     
  6. NEWDL

    NEWDL R#350 R#1323 Sig23 8136

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    an EV is enough of a challenge to get Americans to accept. Let alone now telling them to use it to pull things instead of their Ford f-350.

    Let's work on overcoming one issue at a time LOL
     
  7. Cobos

    Cobos S60 owner since 2013

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    Well that is actually one of my problems with the Prius, you can't use it for towing. I'm not going to tow a boat or any such silly thing, but sometimes when you need lots of cargo space for helping someone move f.inst. it is usefull. In my opinion a towing capacity of 500lbs is decent and 1000lbs would be perfect. That would closely match most normal family cars towing capacity here, like the Ford Mondeo, VW Passat, Volvo V70 etc.
    I've got the feeling that is a difference between Europe and US, where towing capacity there is measured in thousands of pounds while in Europe it's usually a question of wether it has a hitch or not.

    Cobos
     
  8. eledille

    eledille TMS 85 owner :)

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    I want a hitch too.

    Besides, with its liquid cooled motor the model S will likely be perfectly suited to the task. Most diesel locomotives have electric traction motors, and for good reasons.
     
  9. johnr

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    With a higher torque at low RPMs than any other vehicle, including diesel, I suspect electric cars would actually be well suited to towing.
     
  10. green01

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    I agree!

    The Model S has battery swapping and fast charging in the works to deal with range.

    Providing a hitch option with adapter for a small charging trailer seems like a no brainer, and a much cheaper feature to implement.

    Let's hope Tesla considers this.
     
  11. Kevin Harney

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    And you should be able to rent the trailer from UHaul or someone for the trip. One way or two ....
     
  12. roblab

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    I have a custom hitch on my classic Prius. I have a 10' long tandem recumbent trike (electric, of course) that I tow. I also have a lightweight aluminum trailer which is perfect for hauling furniture, old water heaters, or 1200 lb of concrete blocks. I also had a hitch on my RAV4EV. A hitch is too useful not to include it as an option, and it works wonderfully with all that electric torque. OF COURSE you have to be sensible about load and tongue weights, but I will push for a hitch on my model S. Wish I knew how to load pictures, but you probably don't want to see them anyway.
    Rob
     
  13. TEG

    TEG TMC Moderator

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    I "got hitched" a while ago...

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