– Jan. 20th 2021 5:43 pm ET
Tesla is hinting at finally releasing a tow hitch option for the Model 3 electric sedan in North America, according to a new document.
Tesla Model 3 Tow Hitch
With Model X, Tesla delivered the first passenger electric vehicle with a significant rated towing capacity: 5,000 lbs.
A towing capacity is more important for an SUV than for a mid-size sedan like the Model 3, but a small towing capacity can still be useful.
More importantly, a tow hitch can also be used to install a bike or ski mount.
It has been one of the requested features by Model 3 reservation holders and buyers.
We knew it was coming since Tesla was spotted testing the Model 3 towing capacity over the last few years, and CEO Elon Musk said they would make it available years ago, but they didn’t launch the option until mid-2019.
And when they launched the option, they only made available for Model 3 vehicles in Europe.
Tesla said that the Model 3 has a towing capacity of up to 910 kg (2,000 lbs):
“High strength steel tow bar with a removable adapter. Capable of towing up to 910 kgs.”
At that capacity, the hitch will be primarily used for hitch racks, but it could also tow a small trailer – though it would significantly affect the Model 3’s efficiency.
Model 3 Tow Hitch Coming to the US
Now, we received hints that Tesla is actually going to release a tow hitch option for Model Y in North America.
Tesla hacker green found that Tesla added a tow hitch part to the Model 3 made in the US on its parts catalog:
It’s not a definitive indication that Tesla is going to launch the option since we have seen parts being added to the catalog that didn’t lead to a release, but it’s a good indication.
Furthermore, some have noted that the new 2021 Model 3 has a removable panel where the tow hitch would go.
Tesla has yet to add the option to its online configurator in the US.
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