Yeah, I imagine it’s easier to say no towing than specify how much weight, aerodynamics, etc. I used to have a Saab 900 Turbo and I was towing a trailer full of tall furniture at 55 and after a while realized I was in continuously in turbo. I bet it was the bad aerodynamics. Probably be fine hauling something short.
-Steve > On Jun 22, 2020, at 4:26 PM, Robert Bruninga via EV <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: > > The towing restrictions are for the most stupid idiots among us that would > try to tow Large things at 85 MPH and then blame everyone else for their > problems. I tow my boat, COM trailer, and utility trailers behind my > prius locally. > > I'd be a fool to try to tow an RV trailer across country though. Yet both > applications are for "trailers." And since no one reads the instructions, > they have to limit their towing to the lowest common denominator of idiot. > > Oh, the normal 55 MPG prius gets 35 MPG towing at 55 MPH to the local > scout events. > > Bob > > -----Original Message----- > From: EV <ev-boun...@lists.evdl.org> On Behalf Of Peter VanDerWal via EV > Sent: Monday, June 22, 2020 1:33 PM > To: Electric Vehicle Discussion List <email@example.com> > Cc: e...@vanderwal.us > Subject: Re: [EVDL] Chevy Bolt EV towing capacity NOT! > > Actually, from what I've read, the main limitation of towing has mainly to > do with how safe the combination is at highway speeds. Most states do not > limit speed when towing so in order to be rated to tow a trailer, a > vehicle HAS to be able to do it safely at the highest speed allowed, which > in the USA is currently 85 mph (perhaps higher? Montana?). > > I wouldn't want to tow any kind of trailer behind a bolt at 85 mph. > > > June 21, 2020 11:43 AM, "Lee Hart via EV" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: > >> Willie via EV wrote: >> >>> It really depends on your anal retentiveness or how risk averse you > are. >> >> EVDL Administrator via EV wrote: >>>> And on whether you're willing to discard the warranty on a $30K+ > vehicle. >> >> Willie via EV wrote: >>> Agreed. The risk averse should not install a trailer hitch on a car >>> whose maker prohibits towing. The less risk averse realize that >>> installation of the hitch does not automatically void all aspects of >>> the warranty. >> >> The physics of the matter is that towing increases the strain on the >> batteries, controller, motor, and brakes. Manufacturers prefer to >> skimp on them to save cost. Towing just might put some part a little >> above its maximum design limit. Thus, towing increases the chances of a > failure during warranty. >> >> But of course, how you drive and how often you tow makes a huge >> difference. Do you do it often? Do you still drive at 80 mph with a > trailer? In the mountains? >> >> But if you drive very gently when towing, the strain on the drive >> train can actually be less than the "stop light racers" who drive like > the accellerator and brake pedal are on/off switches. >> >> So it's easy for the dealer and manufacturer to say "no towing". If it >> breaks during warranty, they can use the hitch as evidence and deny >> any coverage. Even if you have never in fact towed anything, they win; > you lose! >> >> Me; I tow with older vehicles that don't have any warranty anyway. >> And, I'm a very conservative driver. I've never had any problems due to > towing. >> >> Lee Hart >> >> -- If happiness is on your mind, here's a daily list to find: >> - something to do >> - something to look forward to >> - someone to love >> - someone to take good care of >> - and misbehave, just a little >> -- >> Lee Hart, 814 8th Ave N, Sartell MN 56377, www.sunrise-ev.com >> _______________________________________________ >> UNSUBSCRIBE: http://www.evdl.org/help/index.html#usub >> ARCHIVE: http://www.evdl.org/archive/index.html >> INFO: http://lists.evdl.org/listinfo.cgi/ev-evdl.org >> Please discuss EV drag racing at NEDRA >> (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/NEDRA) > _______________________________________________ > UNSUBSCRIBE: http://www.evdl.org/help/index.html#usub > ARCHIVE: http://www.evdl.org/archive/index.html > INFO: http://lists.evdl.org/listinfo.cgi/ev-evdl.org > Please discuss EV drag racing at NEDRA > (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/NEDRA) > _______________________________________________ > UNSUBSCRIBE: http://www.evdl.org/help/index.html#usub > ARCHIVE: http://www.evdl.org/archive/index.html > INFO: http://lists.evdl.org/listinfo.cgi/ev-evdl.org > Please discuss EV drag racing at NEDRA (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/NEDRA) > _______________________________________________ UNSUBSCRIBE: http://www.evdl.org/help/index.html#usub ARCHIVE: http://www.evdl.org/archive/index.html INFO: http://lists.evdl.org/listinfo.cgi/ev-evdl.org Please discuss EV drag racing at NEDRA (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/NEDRA)