RANGE AND CAMPING: HOW FAR CAN I GO?
HIGHWAY FAST CHARGING STOPS
ELECTRIC CORRIDOR: I-5/HWY 101
RANGE ANXIETY FOR EV TOWING
If you want to trade in your tent for a towed camper, you might find yourself having those range worries. Can EVs really tow campers? What happens to your range when you’re pulling a teardrop?
First, it’s important to note that all vehicles lose range when they’re towing. This is true for gas-powered pickup trucks and for your Tesla Model X. While electric pickups haven’t really hit the market yet, they’re coming soon! Until then, it’s worth looking at what kinds of EVs can tow your family camper.
Youtuber Frugal Tesla Guy did a great breakdown on his experience towing a classic teardrop camper with his Tesla Model 3. He says the feel of having the trailer behind him was minimal at most and guessed that he should be able to do about 150 miles with the trailer behind before needing a recharge. Obviously, you’ll need to know where those charging points are along the route, but EV camping with a trailer is clearly far from impossible!
Finally, it’s important to note that some campsites do offer charging. While not all (or many yet) have chargers, a number will allow an EV to charge at the RV plugs. There was even a great thread about it on Reddit back in 2018!
EV CAMPING SOLUTIONS
Announced at the end of the summer, The Boulder is an exciting towable electric camper that sports its own battery. Stop to charge your EV, and you can charge The Boulder as well. This little camper from Colorado Teardrops has a 75 kWh battery and a CCS connector that allows it to fast transfer at up to 60 kW from its battery to the car. This means extending EV årange and even leaving some extra juice to run the camper itself. It sleeps up to 4 and sports a fully-specced galley, everything you need for fresh eggs or oatmeal to enhance your EV camping experience!
DETHLEFFS E.HOME CARAVAN
Not to be outdone, this German company has its own battery pack on wheels! Dethleffs’ E.Home Caravan is still a prototype, but its charging ability helped the company conduct a test drive from Germany to Italy up and over the alps without a single charging stop! This is because of the camper’s 80 kWh built-in battery. The biggest difference, however, seems to be the trailer’s built-in motor that allows it to offer towing assistance to EVs and less-powerful towing vehicles. While it’s not yet available, this EV camping option still has our interest piqued!
LIVING VEHICLE TRAILER
Looking for something a little less compact? Living Vehicle has the answer for you and plans to release it in 2022. While not specifically built for EVs, the trailer’s abundance of solar panels means that your vehicle can charge up right at the campsite.
THE BOTTOM LINE
EV camping? Totally an option. It might take a little more planning to find those DC fast chargers along the way, but there’s no reason to give up camping just because you’re driving a Tesla. Grab your tent or teardrop trailer and get ready for some rest and relaxation out in nature!