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Tow Test Recap - 2016 Tesla Model X Long-Term Road Test

Edmunds.comEdmunds.com Posts: 10,037
edited October 2017 in Tesla
imageTow Test Recap - 2016 Tesla Model X Long-Term Road Test

We towed a Happier Camper trailer behind our 2016 Tesla Model X for 1,000 miles and came away loving the trailer but hating the realities of range and recharging.

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  • Just had a brainstorm...the Model X is the perfect - PERFECT - support vehicle for bicycle tourists (also known as a sag wagon):

    -like the cyclists themselves, the Model X is serious about using routes that minimize steep grades - makes it easy for support vehicle to stay with the group!

    -vehicle has room inside to hold bikes standing up, and the trailer hitch is great for mounting a bike rack - in fact, it's the only plausible use for a trailer hitch on a Model X, as this blog entry conclusively proves.

    -due to the number of calories touring cyclists burn, they have frequent need to fuel up at restaurant areas...and so does the Tesla! Win-win!

    -Tesla's advanced Autopilot feature figures hugely in this scenario, since the 4500-calorie/day Tesla lifestyle would wreak major havoc on the health of any human driver, but hey - no problemo! Win-win-win!!!

    -Due to the Model X's extremely slow average speeds, there is a minimal tendency for the support vehicle to outpace and get too far ahead of the cyclists. Feature, not a bug!

    -Tesla name already has major street cred with low-environmental-impact-interested groups such as avid cyclists. Slam-dunk!

    Trying to see a downside here...think we have a winner!
  • actualsizeactualsize Santa Ana, CaliforniaPosts: 451
    edited October 2017
    Ha! On a more serious note, I think the HC1 trailer is really good for a bike racer or a recreational cyclist that goes to far-flung events or just wants to go to far off places like Moab to ride. While towing to the locale you can haul your bike inside where it's safe and protected when you stop to eat, and when you get where you're going you've got a place to change and sleep. Tows easily behind a small SUV like a CRV or Escape, too.

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  • 500rwhp500rwhp Posts: 98
    Sadly this shows how far battery powered vehicles have to go. I can drive 450 miles towing an 8000lb trailer in my truck before getting gas, and a Tesla takes 2 days to do this, with a fair amount of anxiety. The 36 gallon tank in a towing vehicle is hard to beat.
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