Spring is here and so is the start of the caravan season. If you are looking at making the switch to a ‘green’ vehicle but are worried how it could affect your staycation holidays, don’t worry – we have listed the top 5 electric vehicles for towing your caravan.
The Swedish brand Polestar turned on the style when it launched its first electric car last year, but beneath those bang-on trendsetter lines is a seriously capable tow vehicle. Regardless of whether you opt for an entry level single motor model or 402bhp four-wheel drive flagship variant, this lightweight compact vehicle can haul up to 1500kgs – which makes it perfect if you are towing hefty loads like six people traveling with all their belongings in tow!
At under 8 tonnes Gramm/per litre dry weight, it goes well, too. The performance is not shabby, its interior is classy and superbly finished. In Long Range guise, it will travel an amazing 335 miles between charges (according to the official WLTP test).
Hyundai Ioniq 5
The Ioniq 5 is more than just a pretty face – it has some real muscle under its angular exterior. Both rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drives models can haul 1600kg with the larger 73KWh battery pack, which may be similar in weight to many ICE (Internal Combustion Engines) rivals, but IONIQ still beats them all when you need your load capacities increased quickly. It also comes standard equipped by factory fitted tow ball weights of 100 kg – perfect for carrying up 4 bicycles at once. The Ioniqs are prewired to take this addition (even the entry-level 58kWh car, which has only a 750kg tow limit). Our early impressions of it suggest that while they should be capable at pulling power–there is more going on here than just lugging weight! Crisp handling makes for an enjoyable driving experience with premium appeal and character throughout, setting new standards in terms ‘affordable’ electric vehicles.
The new Kia EV6 is more expensive and has a lower maximum towing weight than its closely related Hyundai Ioniq 5. However, all versions of this sleek coupé-inspired vehicle will be able make use thanks in part by its large 77 kWh battery – powering them through different terrains with ease while giving you plenty miles out if one’s energy consumption needs some help too! Just remember that these cars were made for adventure not only on land but also at sea, so do not forget about checking where there are nearby anchorages before setting off.
The iX3 might be a rugged SUV, but the sleek and powerful BMW i4 can pull weight that is twice as heavy. The least powerful version of these two vehicles delivers 317lb of torque from zero revs, which means you will never need to worry about your car’s engine being too weak for what it’s designed to do! With an EPA range estimate at 365 miles with full decadence on tow capacity (usually reducing distance by 50%) this vehicle has enough power not just for driving around town or commuting; if used correctly then there should still plenty left over.
There is also a usefully large 470-litre boot with a practical hatchback opening for easy storage of all your camping and caravanning bits and bobs. And when you are not lugging a large load, the BMW benefits from powerful performance, excellent refinement, and typically crisp and engaging handling.
The Mercedes EQA is a compact SUV that offers an impressive towing capacity. The entry-level single motor vehicle can tow 750 pounds, but if you want more power there are two optional motors available for your choice – either the four-wheel drive 250 HP version or 350 hp dual wheels managed by both axles, which gives this car maximum capabilities up until 1800kgs. The EQA is easily capable of handling a large caravan or even car-and trailer combination. With the factory fitted powered tow bar, you can haul track cars on your travels without worrying about getting stuck behind an18 wheeler while driving at high speeds over 40mph! And if that’s not enough protection for yourself and those around you – standard equipment includes Trailer Assist function which applies individual brakes when needed, to reduce swaying from side effects like wind gusts; plus, it will strengthen motor torque reduction (which means less strain) as well increase stopping power during emergency situations.