Can electric cars tow?

Some of the latest electric cars have equivalent towing capacities to petrol and diesel models, but a What Car? survey suggests that's not the perception among motorists...

Tow Car Awards 2023 - Kia EV6 towing down hill

More than half of the electric cars currently on sale can be used to pull a caravan or trailer, even though 40.4% of drivers think it's not possible to tow with an electric car.

Those are the findings of What Car? research carried out as part of our 2023 Tow Car Awards, held in partnership with the The Camping and Caravanning Club, and supported by caravan manufacturer Adria.

The same research found 75.6% of the 1052 respondents would not consider an electric car if they had to use it for towing, with 28.7% of those not considering one stating that they have concerns about maximum towing capacity.

Tow Car Awards 2023 - Volvo C40 towing

Of the 85 electric cars on sale in the UK today, 50 can officially tow, with those models representing 58.8% of the market.

Nine models are rated up to 1800kg, including the Audi Q8 e-tron and Genesis GV70, while the Kia EV6 – which was named as the winner in the Electric Car category at the 2023 Tow Car Awards – comes with a maximum towing capacity of 1600kg.

The EV6's win wasn’t merely based on its official towing capacity, but also on how it performed when a range of cars across a number of weight and powertrain categories were assessed, both on the road and at our private test track.

The 10 electric cars with the highest towing capacities

Make and Model Maximum braked towing capacity
Audi Q8 e-tron 1800kg
Audi Q8 Sportback e-tron 1800kg
Genesis GV70 1800kg
Kia EV6 GT 1800kg
Mercedes EQA 1800kg (300 & 350 variants)
Mercedes EQC 1800kg
Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV 1800kg
Volvo C40 Recharge 1800kg (Twin variant)
Volvo XC40 Recharge 1800kg (Twin variant)
Kia EV6 1600kg

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