Towing experience

Discussion in 'ID.4' started by GetOffYourGas, Nov 22, 2021.

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  1. GetOffYourGas

    GetOffYourGas Well-Known Member

    Are the towing-capable ID.4s on the road yet? I’d love to hear experiences. How does the car handle the weight? And the preeminent question for every mod to an EV - what is the effect on range (efficiency)?

    My boat and trailer weigh about 2500lbs. It’s a sailboat which means that it will sit higher than the car due to the keel. So the extra windage is significant. The ID.4 is currently at the top of the list to replace my Bolt. At a minimum it needs to pull the boat at 55mph down a state road for only 30 miles to the marina. But it sure would be nice to actually trailer the boat to other places and explore. That means ideally able to hop on the highway at 65MPH. And we know that EA and others don’t set up their stations to accommodate trailers so it will be a hassle to unhook every time I charge. The fewer charge stops the better.

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  3. ericy

    ericy Well-Known Member

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  4. ericy

    ericy Well-Known Member

    1st edition comes with a hitch receiver. AWD does as well, i believe, but non 1st edition RWD don't come with one (there are now aftermarket solutions for non 1st RWD, however.)

    I can't comment on EA - it depends on the station design as some will be a pain, and others will be fine. Look at the stations you intend to use (look at plugshare photos if you have never been there).
  5. GetOffYourGas

    GetOffYourGas Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the link. I finally got a chance to watch it. That’s a pretty brutal climb but the trailer is significantly lighter than mine. I hope that future versions can tow up to 2500 lbs, even if that means I need to add brakes to my trailer (it doesn’t currently have them).

    The EA comment was more of a statement than a question. I’ve been driving a Bolt for years so I have lots of experience with all DCFC stations that I’d want to use. Not one of them is set up well for towing.

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  6. Todd Hummel

    Todd Hummel New Member

    I've looked for trailer hitches for our non 1st gen ID-4 and have been unable to find them do you have a contact or know what company is making them? We just want to tow a really small trailer with our two kayaks on it so not a big load.
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