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BMW X5 45e (plug-in electric hybrid) towing test.

BMW X5 45e (plug-in electric hybrid) towing test.

Video by RSymons RSEV via YouTube
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Electric is great for towing but in reality there are not many EVs capable of towing over 2000kg and even with lighter loads the real world range can be halved when towing due to the extra weight and drag plus most chargers in the UK would require a trailer to be unhitched so that you can park in a charging bay.

Basically if towing heavy loads, a diesel SauV or pickup truck is still the favoured choice. But what about a plug-in hybrid..??
Electric only when doing the usual school run and commuting to work but with a 3.0 twin turbo petrol engine as in this BMW C5 45e to backup the range when covering longer distances…?

How efficient will it be? How far can it go on electric? Does the blend of electric and petrol work well? Is it better than diesel?
Well I’ve towed with many cars including Land Rover Discovery 3 2.7 TDV6 and 4 3.0 SDV6 (my favourite), Toyota Landcruiser, Ford Ranger, Nissan Navara, Mitsubishi L200 and Volkswagen Amarok so let me test this and give you some comparisons!

Is the X5 a jack of all and master of none?

Thanks for watching.

Richard Symons
R Symons LTD "RSEV"
EV Specialist based in New Milton, Hampshire on the South Coast near Southampton and Bournemouth
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