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Tesla Model X Towing Capacity Revealed, It's Close to What Pickups Can Deliver

Since Tesla Motors and Elon Musk are tight-lipped about the upcoming Model X, all we can do is search the Internet for hints that might give us an insight or two about the model.
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Lucky for us and those interested in Tesla's faith as a company, TagTV Online - cited by Teslarati - hosts a video from April, showing Jim Chen, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs for Tesla, talking bout the Model X at the Georgia Technology Summit.

But it's not where he said it that's important, but what he actually said wears a greater interest. The Tesla official revealed Model X will have a towing capacity of “close to 10,000 pounds,” or 4,535 kg Wait, what?

While you're still recovering from that blow, here's a little fact to put things into perspective, so you can see a more clear bigger picture: the Ram 1500 Express has a maximum towing capacity of 10,500 lbs (4,762 kg), so you just chew on that for a some time.

You can find Mr. Chen's claim at 9:24 in the video. You'll hear the man saying the Model X will feature Class III towing capability. Now, for those not too keen on this subject, allow us to mention Class III towing capability allows a GTW (gross trailer weight) of 8,500 lbs (3,855 kg).

Let's say the trailer curbs the weight at around 1,500 lbs (680 kg), which means the car can still pull around 7,500 pounds (3,402 kg) worth of speedboat, motorcycles, camping equipment and whatnot.

Now, consider this. Tesla Model X is thought to offer a 95 kWh battery pack, which should, in theory, handle the extra strain without depleting quickly and make the car's range a two-digit value. However, we can't help but wonder: what's next for Tesla's all-electric crossover?

 
 
 
 
 

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