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Electrek Echo: Tesla May be Testing Towing Hitch

Discussion in 'Model 3' started by SageBrush, Jul 31, 2018.

  1. SageBrush

    SageBrush 2018: Drain the Sewer

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    Tesla Model 3 spotted testing towing capacity

    Good News if true !

    I was mulling over purchase of a 3rd party solution but I'm hesitant because of the need to trim the bumper and uncertainties regarding contact points that may lead to galvanic corrosion. I'm happy to wait a few months for the Tesla offering, in for no other reason that it may provide a reference design for others to copy and perhaps gain Tesla's blessing.
     
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  2. BerTX

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    There was a picture of a Tesla-owned Model S towing an obvious test trailer before the Model X was released. The Model S was never approved for towing. Speculation at the time was that it was just testing capacity for the future Model X.

    I would speculate that this is testing for the future Model Y to be towing-approved. I wouldn't hold my breath hoping for the same for M3.
     
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  3. EVnut

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    I wont hold my breath, but I'm still gonna hope.

    Same with roof racks....
     
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    1E35031C-33E4-4462-ACF8-32443FCB3EF0.jpeg I hope this is Elon following through on his promises now that production is up to speed!
     
  5. BerTX

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    Often things that Elon would like to have happen fall to a low point on the priority list. He means well. I was hoping that when the AWD was released, there would be towing. It was not, and I don't see any way for them to go back and add it to an already-released vehicle. I'm afraid there will be no towing, now or in the future, for the M3.
     
  6. ecarfan

    ecarfan Well-Known Member

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    I would not rule it out so quickly. The rear bumper support structure may be designed for a hitch but Tesla doesn’t want to start offering that option yet because they are trying to keep things simple internally.
     
  7. jamnmon66

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    I really need light-duty towing. I really hope this happens soon. I'm thinking about unsupported after-market but I'd much rather have the official setup.
     

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