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Model X--Tow capable?

Discussion in 'Model X' started by AnOutsider, Feb 8, 2012.

  1. AnOutsider

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    towing

    Elon tweeted last night that the x will have enough torque to pull another SUV (sorry, mobile so can't grab the link easily)


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  2. WarpedOne

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    Torque is not the problem, problem is average power i.e. PEM, and motor cooling .
     
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    Would make a great advertisement. It sounds like it would also pull a large economy sized boat. They ought to do the Dodge ad, panning from the rear, where he is towing about 5 trailers AND his big SUV. Only put the X in front towing him and his junk.
     
  4. AnOutsider

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    Woops I misread. He said out tow not tow any
     
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    #5 jcstp, Feb 8, 2012
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    @elonmusk will the X have a tow package? Tow capacity?



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    @scottkpotter Model X will be able to out tow almost any SUV or light truck. It has incredible torque.
     
  6. JRP3

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    That statement is vague enough to be wrong and right at the same time :confused: No way the X is going to be able to tow the way a 3/4-1 ton diesel, which qualify as a light truck.
     
  7. doug

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    Not seeing that tweet in Elon's history. Might he have changed his mind and deleted it? (Or maybe I just can't see it.)
     
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    He's deleted tweets in the past, including one recently that harshly criticized AT&T, but that tweet is still there. You have to click through to his Twitter home page to see it since he did an @reply.
     
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    Wasn't the statement "tow another SUV" ? Even a BMW 5-series can do that, the european version has a tow rating of ~4400 lbs. Even my VW Touran can tow 2900 lbs.
     
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    I agree but I do feel that TM would have addressed those concerns during development. Now it's wait and see until full details are revealed about the X.
     
  11. bonnie

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    No, it was 'out tow', meaning 'out perform'. At least that was my take on it.
     
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    He never said how far .... :)
     
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    Do not tow me and my junk!
     
  14. AnOutsider

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    I thought it was, but when I went back it said "out tow". Maybe he deleted and corrected
     
  15. Norbert

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    It seems meanwhile Elon removed the tweet.

    Not sure whether you misunderstood in the same way as AnOutsider. The tweet meant that due to its high torque, the Model X can tow more than most SUVs/light trucks (out-tow as in out-run). Or is that unlikely?
     
  16. Norbert

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    Yeah, probably requires an extra cautionary statement: "You can't tow a big boat *and* have the same range at the same time"... in an extra "Disclaimers" page on the website.
     
  17. Lyon

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    Yeah, he really can't be talking about the 3/4 or 1 ton diesels. It's not just the power train but the chassis that they've got on the Model X (I assume). Those pickups can handle huge amounts of weight and, as a result, have pretty stiff suspensions and heavy frames.

    Also, they put out in the neighborhood of 800lb/ft of torque. It would be awesome if the Model X has similar numbers but I kind of doubt that it will be able to handle 15,000 lbs.
     
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    Who cares how much you can tow if you don't have the range to get anywhere? Saying the 160-mile S is fine because it's just a daily commuter is one thing. Towing for recreation is something completely different. Almost by definition, you're going to be towing something (boat, quads, bikes, etc.) somewhere at a significant distance from your house. Here in southern california, you'll probably be driving out into the desert to go offroading with your toys. Good luck charging for the return trip. So for the X to be a viable towing vehicle is going to have to have either more dense, or just more, batteries than the 300-mile S.
     
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    I suppose a lot of people choose recreations not too far from where they live.

    While those who live further away from their favorite places might have to wait for battery tech to improve, we'll eventually have 500+ mile batteries and/or a good infrastructure, and by then Tesla will have a variety of cars ready to take advantage of them.
     
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    Use the supercharger in Baker to get home!
     

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