Can You Charge A Tesla By Towing It? (With Ford Raptor)

  • Published: 13 November 2019
  • Can Towing A Tesla Model 3 With A Ford Raptor Recharge It?
    The Straight Pipes high mileage Ford Raptor is used to tow the Tesla Model 3 Performance while driving around Toronto Motorsports Park.

    Can you recharge a Tesla Model 3 by towing it? That's a great question, and we're going to to use a Ford Raptor to find out. We'll also need to determine how quickly a Tesla can be recharged by towing it, and how far you'd need to travel to fully recharge the battery. The Tesla Model 3 can charge its battery through regenerative braking, where the wheels of the car force the electric motor to spin, which forces a charge into the battery. This is used to slow the car down, and improve its efficiency. However, if you tow the car, you might be able to use that regenerative braking to charge the battery, that is what this video seeks to find out.

    On top of this, we'll determine what's more efficient - Option 1: traveling with a Ford Raptor from A to B, or Option 2: Using a Raptor to tow a Tesla, then driving the Tesla from A to B. To do this, we'll need to determine the Tesla's efficiency, the Ford's efficiency, and the Ford's efficiency while towing. Then, using the regen rate of the Tesla, we can find out what the Tesla's true fuel economy is while using a Ford Raptor to tow it. It's a super fun video with a fascinating conclusion; have a watch!

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Comments • 3 351

  • Qusch
    Qusch  5 hours back

    @3:22 are you rapping?

    • Jordan Ketterer
      Jordan Ketterer  9 hours back

      I wish we could have seen the 1:5.6 lap test. I twould have been great to see you tow it for one lap and then go ata leisurly pace rather then the highspeed lap shown

      • momobadilak
        momobadilak  11 hours back

        I like that you're talking into a CB style mic when you talk to the driver in the truck :)

        • kacpi2532
          kacpi2532  1 days back

          6:20 Tesla is almost exactly 10x more effiecient. Wow

          • ViniByte
            ViniByte  1 days back

            tesla towing tesla
            then switch

            infinite mpg :D

            • Muhamad Rizqi Abdillah

              It’s mean you have highly efficient power if towing tesla with another tesla 👍😅😂

              • Vakeiniux
                Vakeiniux  1 days back

                Is this the perfect setup in an apocalypse? 😮

                • AsianFriedRice#
                  AsianFriedRice#  2 days back

                  How about would.u save money charging your tesla at home or charging it with a generator ?

                  • Sean Ball
                    Sean Ball  3 days back

                    2 tesla pickups=unlimited miles!!!!!!!!!

                    • Corey McGuire
                      Corey McGuire  3 days back

                      Are ICE engines more efficient with a larger load? Is it possible that, inspite of the obvious greater consumption, the ICE engine operates more efficiently pulling the additional weight, drag, and Regen load 9f the Tesla meaning equal energy in, less energy lost, more work done?

                      • Olatunde A.
                        Olatunde A.  3 days back

                        This video just shows how efficient tesla is. The Raptor is inefficient af.

                        • Olatunde A.
                          Olatunde A.  37 minutes back

                          @Dany no Bro, not a fanboy just stating the obvious

                        • Dany
                          Dany  1 hours back


                      • Ilija Gojkovic
                        Ilija Gojkovic  3 days back

                        An interesting concept although it seems that a number of parameters have not Been included in the calculation.

                        • Jace Henderson
                          Jace Henderson  3 days back

                          Meanwhile, my battery is at 69%.

                          • JJ78RC MIDNIGHT CLUB
                            JJ78RC MIDNIGHT CLUB  3 days back

                            Does regenerative braking wear down the brakes pads?

                            • Navdeep Sekhon
                              Navdeep Sekhon  3 days back

                              towing tesla 1 km generate 1 kw power and how many km tesla runs on 1 kw power?

                              • z zahin
                                z zahin  3 days back

                                Future Tesla supercharge stations will just be car treadmills

                                • Cyber StevePH
                                  Cyber StevePH  4 days back

                                  Try towing a Tesla with a Tesla

                                  • rafael ramirez
                                    rafael ramirez  4 days back

                                    Which ever nation creates a small portable infinite energy source would have global domination.

                                    • James Leonard Panes
                                      James Leonard Panes  4 days back

                                      What you have proven is that regenerative braking is defintely worth the trouble.

                                      • Erick Arambula
                                        Erick Arambula  4 days back

                                        Nice you just found a better way to say teslas model series is more efficient than a ford raptor.

                                        • Fireblader 400
                                          Fireblader 400  4 days back

                                          So how about what's the efficiency of testa pulling the raptor?

                                          • TEC Man
                                            TEC Man  4 days back

                                            Next project get another model 3 and then tow it with the other tesla until the tow Tesla almost dies.
                                            Then take the charged tesla and tow the dead one.
                                            Then repeat until both die and see how far your have traveled.

                                            • USiddiqui
                                              USiddiqui  4 days back

                                              I love this Mythbusters kind of research 😀

                                              • Marcos Alarcón
                                                Marcos Alarcón  4 days back

                                                Buy three teslas tesla 1 towing tesla 2 and 3 when this one runs out of battery drive tesla 2 towing 3 and one and keep going on. Infinite power!

                                                • Casey McFarland
                                                  Casey McFarland  5 days back

                                                  I would say that this would be an ideal for Tesla to do as you don't have to be near a supercharger to take a tesla to 'explore' if you go RVing. You have your RV which is essentially your shelter and the tesla can be charged while on the road to have available to do sight seeing within the immidiate area when you get to your next rest stop. have it programmable to provide the regen braking when the brakes are applied to both slow the RV and provide that energy back to the battery. When it gets past 85% charged, to avoid an overcharge condition, change the mode to reduce the regen and when it's full set it to 'free wheel'

                                                  The other option would be to have a tesla which has a tow hitch with a generator connected on a 2 wheel dolly providing the 'energy' to extend your range and always be mobile for when you don't want to have to stop.

                                                  • Nate Nobel
                                                    Nate Nobel  5 days back

                                                    What about towing an electric vehicle with another electric vehicle?

                                                    • Aas Pandey
                                                      Aas Pandey  5 days back

                                                      So, apparently You could buy two Tesla and both of them will go on for 10 times more??

                                                      • Chris Clark
                                                        Chris Clark  6 days back

                                                        Flip the script! Push the Tesla with the truck to see if the Aero helps!

                                                        • Justyn Karpeza
                                                          Justyn Karpeza  6 days back

                                                          If u tow a tesla one lap 30kmh, and then drive a tesla 30kmh, how many laps will it do?

                                                          • Sudharshan Sundar
                                                            Sudharshan Sundar  6 days back

                                                            Cyber truck towing a tesla, imagine the energy regeneration out of that one. Though technically, towing on battery power, you will actually lose energy efficiency even if you try to regen it, if you do this test. That is the problem if the Ford was replaced with the Cybertruck in this scenario.

                                                            • 66Airborne
                                                              66Airborne  6 days back

                                                              why don't they try to make a Tesla which charges him self while driving? For example the TM3 SR+ which would continuously charge through the front wheals during driving.

                                                              • Sudharshan Sundar
                                                                Sudharshan Sundar  6 days back

                                                                That wouldn't be efficient since Tesla would lose energy rather than gain in that due to friction and the speed of driving would slow down by at least 60%.

                                                            • Jay Jayaganesh
                                                              Jay Jayaganesh  6 days back

                                                              Speechless, is all I can say

                                                              • nitro express
                                                                nitro express  6 days back

                                                                So why doesn't Tesla make and sell a battery charge that you can put in the back of your gas powered car? It's be even more efficient just carrying the battery and charger rather than towing a whole Tesla. This could also solve the problem of not enough charging stations.

                                                                • craig gilchrist
                                                                  craig gilchrist  7 days back

                                                                  You should try it the other way round. Get the Tesla to tow something on Autopilot whilst you sit in the towed vehicle lol.

                                                                  • Peter and Will Anderson

                                                                    Awesome video! Keep it up!

                                                                    • Anas
                                                                      Anas  1 weeks back

                                                                      Here's an idea.. a video or video series on different types of electric motors used in electric cars as of now and their comparisons

                                                                      • Atheer Omar
                                                                        Atheer Omar  1 weeks back

                                                                        genuinely interesting youtube content!

                                                                        • itai bachar
                                                                          itai bachar  1 weeks back

                                                                          I tried to tow my brain through this video, but it didn't make it.

                                                                          • Rob P
                                                                            Rob P  1 weeks back

                                                                            Most enjoy the explanations so even a knuckle-dragging troglodyte can have a glimpse into the world of physics - a very big thank you!

                                                                            • John Obmar
                                                                              John Obmar  1 weeks back

                                                                              But it would be even MORE fuel efficient not to charge the Tesla with the Raptor, and then driving the Tesla, but using a fuel efficient car in the first place.
                                                                              That Raptor is not very fuel efficient.

                                                                              • MC_Matze
                                                                                MC_Matze  1 weeks back

                                                                                69, thats a pretty high number lmao

                                                                                • Nick Amarit
                                                                                  Nick Amarit  1 weeks back

                                                                                  This experiment actually also proves why aerodynamics and curb weight is critical towards fuel efficiency (even when driven at normal driving speeds).

                                                                                  • Cameron Webster
                                                                                    Cameron Webster  1 weeks back

                                                                                    I wonder if the pickup’s engine had better thermal efficiency while towing the Tesla, meaning more energy was extracted from the fuel, contributing to the increased efficiency of this 2-stage hybrid.

                                                                                    • Adam Rain
                                                                                      Adam Rain  1 weeks back

                                                                                      But how far could you go if you then towed the raptor with the tesla? Would it be further than the raptor alone?

                                                                                      • Zeal of Sparta
                                                                                        Zeal of Sparta  1 weeks back

                                                                                        That was a fascinating video, great idea guys!

                                                                                        • Eric Whitney
                                                                                          Eric Whitney  1 weeks back

                                                                                          Is it just me or does he look like an intelligent version of Beto O'Rourke?

                                                                                          • der BOU
                                                                                            der BOU  1 weeks back

                                                                                            Would be very interesting how much weight is put on the towing rope, if regen is on standard and on low setting.

                                                                                            • Owen Smith
                                                                                              Owen Smith  1 weeks back

                                                                                              What if you then towed the Raptor with the Tesla so both cars arrive at the end?