There are over 550,000 touring caravans in the UK and up until now no pure electric cars which have the capability of towing a caravan.
But there is great news if you’re in the market for a new car, you fancy an electric vehicle and you need to be able to tow – the Tesla Model X is about to launch in the UK and it has a 2268kg towing capacity.
The Tesla model X is said to have a range of 250 miles on one charge. As with a conventional petrol or diesel car, the range is significantly reduced when towing. However, an independent report suggests that it can still achieve a very impressive 70% of its range.
Be warned: The Tesla doesn’t come cheap, but it’s already received rave reviews and it comes with a whole range of available stunning features, including Falcon Wings doors, the largest all-glass panoramic windshield in production, autonomous driving including emergency braking, air suspension and automatic driver door opening and closing.
Billed as the ‘safest, fastest and most capable sport utility vehicle in history’ its range is up to 303 miles and it accelerates from 0 to 60 miles per hour in as little as 3.2 seconds.
Safety-wise, the centre of gravity is lower because the batteries are floor-mounted providing increased safety and better handling. Tesla believe from their own crash testing that the Model X will be the first SUV to receive the highest safety rating in every category.
You can seat up to seven people in three rows in the car, meaning you can take all the family with you on your caravan holiday, or if there are fewer of you, the third row seats fold flat when not in use so you can fit everything you need in the car.
The price tag (from £64,100) may be restrictive for some families, but the first electric car with the ability to tow could pave the way for more models in a more affordable price range in the future.