The Tesla Model 3 is not approved for towing in the U.S., but it is approved in Europe, where it’s rated for a maximum towing capacity of 2,000 lbs.
If you’re looking for a new car to tow a trailer with, you need to do your research on each make’s towing capacity. While some midsize and larger cars are approved for towing, not all are, and towing is an added complication when you’re dealing with electric vehicles like Teslas. Your vehicle’s ability to tow is based on things like your engine’s power, the transmission type, and the vehicle’s size.
That being said, it is not recommended that you tow with a Tesla Model 3.
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How much can a Tesla Model 3 tow?
It is not recommended that you tow with a Tesla Model 3 in the U.S. In Europe, Teslas are approved for towing with a maximum towing capacity of 2,000 lbs.
Trailer hitches for the Tesla Model 3
Trailer hitch pins and other hitch equipment will not be available in the U.S., because Tesla Model 3s are not approved for towing here. However, if you ever find yourself in Europe, you’ll be able to outfit your Model 3 with a hitch.
How to install a tow bar
How to calculate the towing capacity you need
As much as it’s easy to wish that we could tow our cute new trailer with our family Tesla, it simply isn’t legal in this country, and you’d likely not be able to tow very much anyway after you’ve loaded all your camping gear in the back.
If you have a trailer that you’re hoping to tow, you need to be aware that your towing capacity must be above the weight of the heaviest load you plan on towing, but you’re also going to need a vehicle that is approved for towing. Attempting to MacGyver a hitch to your Tesla so you can pull your Airstream is not the move. You will be putting yourself, your passengers, and your property in danger.
If you end up getting a vehicle that is approved for towing, here is the approximate weight range for common items:
- Canoe or kayak trailer (600 to 800 lbs.)
- Motorcycle trailer (800 to 3,000 lbs.)
- Pop-up camper (2,800 to 4,300 lbs.)
- A fully-equipped 8-person camping trailer (~7,500 lbs.)
Use these figures to help calculate your ideal towing capacity, and it will be much easier to shop for the perfect car.
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Is the Tesla Model 3 good for towing?
Currently, Tesla Model 3s are not approved for towing in the United States of America.
Can you put a trailer hitch on a Tesla Model 3?
Theoretically yes, but you’re going to have to go to Europe to get it done or try to use an aftermarket attachment—this isn’t recommended.