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10 EVs That Tow More Than a Chevy Bolt EV

We're Not Living in 2021 Anymore! There Are More Options Than Ever Before

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Devin Thorpe
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Follow our journey as we buy a Rivian R1T electric truck to pull a travel trailer equipped to run exclusively on solar power!
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As you likely know, we tow a little Aliner Scout A-frame popup trailer with our Chevy Bolt EV. It’s a bit crazy. Chevy doesn’t recommend towing with the Bolt.

If you’d like to tow something with an EV, you’ll be glad to know there are lots of options. We’ll feature just ten. Here’s a much longer list.

  1. Volkswagen ID.4 Pro: 2,200 pounds

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    That 2,200-pound capacity is more than enough to pull our little popup trailer and lots of others that are a bit roomier.

  2. Hyundai Ioniq 5: 3,500 pounds

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    There is a big jump in capacity here; there are lots of options between 3,000 and 5,000 pounds.

  3. Tesla Model Y: 3,500 pounds

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    The Model Y remains one of the more affordable Teslas but is much pricier than some of the cars on this list.

  4. Volvo C40 Recharge: 4,000 pounds

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    There are several options among EVs that can tow 4,000 pounds.

  5. Kia EV6 GT: 4,000 pounds

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    There are several trim levels for the EV6; note that only the GT trim has 4,000 pounds of towing capacity.

  6. Audi e-tron 50 quattro: 4,000 pounds

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    There are several Audi e-tron trim packages that offer this level of towing capacity—not just the 50 quattro.

  7. Tesla Model X: 5,000 pounds

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    For several years, the Model X had the most towing capacity among all EVs. That is no longer the case.

  8. BMW iX: 5,500 pounds

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    This BMW EV sport utility vehicle has an impressive towing capacity.

  9. Ford F-150 Lightning: 10,000 pounds

    There are a couple of trim levels; be sure to check the details as not all are capable of towing 10,000 pounds. The base model tows just 7,000.

  10. Rivian R1T: 11,000 pounds

    Based on what we can find, no EV you can buy today can tow more than the Rivian R1T. We’ve got one ordered but don’t anticipate receiving our “Max pack” version until about Christmas of 2023.

In the comments, tell us about what you hope to tow with an EV!

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