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Are EV trucks good for towing?

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The range of an electric truck can vary from 200 to 500 miles depending on how much it is charged. To give you some idea of how vast the highway system is in the United States, according to the Federal Highway Administration, the average American drives close to 13,500 miles a year. In terms of weekly mileage, 260 miles or so is the result when you break that down into a number of miles per week. An average person drives that many miles on a daily basis.

 

RVers would be driving the average weekly mileage per day if they followed the 2-2-2 rule (drive 2 hours between breaks, travel 200 miles a day, rest for 2 nights). The added weight of your RV on the truck can be a big problem, since it can decrease your driving range by as much as 50%. Towing at maximum levels reduces the driving distance by up to 50% for the Ford electric truck, according to Car and Driver magazine, who tested the truck’s towing capacity.

 

The best way to tow an electric truck is to use half of the vehicle’s maximum towing capacity. It is still important to have a good trip planner, such as RV LIFE Trip Wizard, along with this ideal balance in order to locate rapid charger stations along your route. 

 

Consider, for example, the scenario in which your EV pickup truck has an expected driving range of 300 miles, and a maximum towing capacity of 10,000 pounds. With an RV that weighs 5,000 pounds, such as the Grand Design Xplor 187MK, you are still going to be able to travel 225 miles if you are towing it. 

 

Although your EV truck might have a range of 250 miles, the Airstream Classic 30RB will reduce its range to 150 miles if you hitch it up to a 10,000 pound GVWR, if you do not destroy it from overuse.

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