Anybody know if it would be possible to put a trailer (< 550kg) behind a Model 3?
We don't know.
Elon originally said towing would be an option but we know no specifics until they tell us after the reveal.
550 kg is only slightly more than 1,200 lbs. Elon Musk has already said that the Model ☰ will be available with a tow hitch. We do not know specifics, but I can make a guess...
If the car has a 60 kWh in base configuration, that means it will very likely have more than 300 lb-ft torque, 408 Nm. Assuming the car itself has a curb weight somewhere between 3,700 lbs and 4,100 lbs (8,100-to-9,050 kg) it is very likely it will be able to tow a 1,200 lbs (550 kg) trailer, loaded with as much as 1,800 lbs (820 kg) of cargo rather easily. But expect the range to be rather heavily affected when driven at speed, above 65 MPH (105 kph).
How much range could be added with 1,800 lbs (820 kg) of 2170 batteries?!?
How can any of us to put this............ummm, no.
Look at the Model X page of this site and you will see its towing capacity. Look at the Model 3 page and what you see is all that is known..
@Rutrow - Fair question, I'd guess about a 25% reduction in range if towing 1,800 payload with a 1,000 lb trailer. The items you store in it shouldn't matter much, whether it's lumber or a pile of batteries.
TeslaTap, I'm talking charged batteries. Connected to the vehicle via an umbilical... More than doubling your battery capacity.
The < 550 kg trailer I foresee is inclusive of payload.
Rutrow, that would be about 40kwh of batteries when you add in case, thermal mgmt, cooling, etc. Call it 60 to 80 miles, at a cost of $20-30k, given the drag and mass penalties.
I've had suvs and cars throughout the years never really towed anything lol
@Red - "curb weight somewhere between 3,700 lbs and 4,100 lbs (8,100-to-9,050 kg)"
You got your conversion factors inverted, 3700-4100 lbs is 1680-1860 kg. My Nissan Leaf is 1642 kg.
bj: Yeah... I thought it looked funny. So I double checked it. Then triple checked it. Hmmm... Maybe I should have just gone to bed instead of posting?