With fuel prices continuing to be on the rise, many consumers have turned to the purchase of EVs (electric vehicles) to avoid multiple trips to the pump. And while these vehicles are excellent at helping drivers save some much-needed pennies, they operate in a very different way compared to diesel or gasoline-powered vehicles. Among the ways they’re different involves how they’re towed in the event of mechanical failure or an accident.
Many EVs are equipped with electric motors, which are supplied through lithium battery packs. What this means is that they don’t have the same type of transmission that a gasoline-powered vehicle does. As a result, they don’t have a “neutral” position which is required for traditional towing methods. However, it should be noted that some EVs, such as the Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf, have a neutral position and can be towed by traditional means.
Because of their unique drivetrain systems, other EVs require a different towing method.
Normally, when a vehicle requires towing, the gear shifter is placed in neutral, and a strap is placed around the front wheels if the vehicle is operated by way of FWD. The vehicle can then be safely towed by a truck to a repair shop. If an EV breaks down or is in an accident, the situation is quite different. A towing company that tows an EV must use a flatbed truck and properly secure the vehicle with a series of straps and hooks.
EVs operate differently than motor-driven cars, as power is directed to the wheels with the use of electricity. If the wheels come into contact with the ground while being towed, there is a possibility that the drivetrain can be damaged, and this will also void warranty coverage for your vehicle. So remember, if you need to have your EV towed, check and ensure that the towing company has a flatbed handy to transport your vehicle to a repair shop. The last thing you want is costly repair bills not covered by the manufacturer's warranty.