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Towbars for electric cars


The number of electric cars on our roads is increasing slowly but surely – and is doing so even in times of a Corona-induced economic crisis: as evidence of this, 10,329 new electric cars were registered in Germany in March 2020, which equates to a market share of five per cent. In other countries, especially in Noway and its Scandinavian neighbours, electric cars are even more successful, with "electrics" making up 30 per cent of new cars in Norway.

Yet the willingness to switch is also growing here in Germany. On the one hand this is due to the much improved charging infrastructure, but also to the increasing battery capacity. With electricity generated from eco-friendly sources, a growing range of vehicles and lower prices, the e-drive is becoming an important pillar of future mobility.

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Table of contents

  1. Towbar on electric car especially for bike carriers and ski racks
  2. Electric car range with towbar
  3. E-car list (as at July 2020)
  4. Why towbars on electric cars are only now becoming generally accepted
  5. The most frequently used e-cars in the UK
  6. Image rights

Towbar on electric car especially for bike carriers and ski racks

Fortunately, towbars can now be retrofitted to popular cars such as the Tesla Model S, the Kia Soul, the Volkswagen e-Golf, the Audi e-tron and the Nissan Leaf: for example, renowned manufacturers such as BRINK, ORIS, GDW or WESTFALIA have developed tailor-made towbars for these special models. At the same time Rameder has researched all the available models and thus gained a complete overview of the possibilities: which towbars can be mounted on the various electric cars – and for which "plug-ins" this is already worthwhile at present?

It should be noted that towbars on electric cars are currently designed for light objects, but not for heavy trailers or caravans. Electric cars offer a high and environmentally friendly utility value – and not only when driving to the office or to go shopping. Anyone who wants to be active in everyday life and in their leisure time can, for example, use the towbar to securely and stably fit modern bicycle carriers or ski racks and thus bring bikes, skis or snowboards safely to their destination. At Kupplung.de you can find both the right "hook" for the electric car and the right carrier for the sports equipment.

Electric car range with towbar

The "greener" the electricity and the more sustainable the production of the batteries, the more sense electric cars make for manufacturers and customers. Word has got around in the meantime that they are full of exciting technology. However, a major shortcoming of most "plug-ins" was the possibility of attaching a towbar. For example, towbars were only available ex works for the Tesla Model X and Jaguar I-Pace. Market leader Rameder is gradually changing this: now towbars can already be retrofitted for other successful e-cars, for the Tesla Model S, Kia Soul Electric, Nissan Leaf, Audi e-tron and Volkswagen e-Golf. These solutions are particularly suitable for the use of bicycle carriers and ski racks.

E-car list (as at November 2020)

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Aiways U5
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Artega Karo
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Audi e-tron GT
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Audi e-tron quattro
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Audi e-tron Sportback
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Audi Q4 e-tron
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BMW i3
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BMW iX3
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Citroën C-Zero
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DS 3 Crossback E-Tense
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e.GO Life 60/40+
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Fiat 500 Cabrio
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Ford Mustang Mach-E
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Honda-e
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Hyundai Ioniq
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Hyundai Kona Elektro
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Hyundai Nexo (Fuel cell car)
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Jaguar I-Pace
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Kia e-Niro
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Kia e-Soul
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Lexus UX-300e
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Mercedes EQA
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Mercedes EQC
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Mercedes EQV
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Mercedes eSPRINTER
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Mercedes VITO E-CELL
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Microlino
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Mini Cooper SE
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Nio ES8
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Nissan e-NV200 Evalia
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Nissan Leaf
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Opel Corsa-E
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Opel Vivaro-e
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Opel Zafira e-Life
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Peugeot e-208
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Peugeot e-2008
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Peugeot e-Expert
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Peugeot E
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Polestar 2
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Porsche Taycan
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Renault Kangoo Z.E. / Z.E. Maxi
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Renault Twingo ZE
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Renault Twizy
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Renault Zoe
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Seat El-Born
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Seat Mii electric
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Škoda Citigo e iV
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Škoda Vision iV
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Smart forfour EQ
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Smart fortwo EQ cabrio
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Smart fortwo EQ coupé
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Sono Motors Sion
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Tesla Model 3
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Tesla Model S
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Tesla Model X
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Tesla Model Y
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Toyota Mirai (Fuel cell car)
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Unity One
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Volvo XC40
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VW abt e-Caddy
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VW Golf VII e-Golf
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VW e-up!
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VW ID.3
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Why towbars on electric cars are only now becoming generally accepted

Increased air resistance and more weight lead to higher consumption. With electric cars, the range of the battery charge then decreases. That is why many manufacturers were against the installation of a towbar for a long time. The competition among car manufacturers, however, is leading to rapid progress: only thanks to better as well as more powerful batteries and faster charging options is it worthwhile to install a towbar – and thus to use it in everyday life. It can be assumed that in addition to the e-car models for rameder.eu a towbar is already available today, and that further suitable models will be added in rapid succession. The product range will increase in line with the number of cars and their growing range. In addition, as with the Tesla model X, manufacturers will start to specify the towing capacity. And this will further extend the range of possible applications for the towbar.

The most frequently used e-cars

Towbar | Tesla Model S

BRINK developed this towbar especially for the Tesla Model S. The towbar has been thoroughly tested and is of very high quality. It is of course compatible with Tesla's safety systems and its innovative control unit. This solution is perfect for those who want to use a bike carrier or ski rack on their Model S. Especially with the most powerful battery versions - 85, 90 and 100 KWh – and thanks to the network.

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Towbar | Nissan Leaf

Since 2010, the Leaf, which is already in its second series, has turned out to be one of the most successful e-cars ever. That is why BRINK started early on to develop a suitable towbar for the Japanese electric car – and at Kupplung.de towbars are also available for all leaf versions. Of course, all towbars are of high quality and have been carefully tested in advance. The towbar can therefore be mounted safely and does not affect the vehicle's safety systems either. The towbar is perfect for anyone who wants to transport skis, bicycles or other light objects with their Nissan Leaf.

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Towbar | Renault Zoe

A real star among electric cars is the Renault Zoe. It has been delivered since 2013 and has become the most successful electric car in the UK. Kupplung.de has a high-quality towbar in its range, which has been extensively tested in advance, for all versions of the chic French car. Of course the towbar can be fitted safely. It also does not affect the Zoe's safety systems and is therefore absolutely suitable for everyday use. Light objects or – using carriers on the towbar – skis and bikes can be easily brought to the desired destination.

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Towbar | Volkswagen e-Golf

ORIS has developed a special towbar for the Volkswagen e-Golf. It has been thoroughly tested and is one hundred percent compatible with Volkswagen safety systems. In fact, the same mounting points are used for the installation as for the "normal" Golf VII. This high-quality solution is perfectly suited for the use of bicycle carriers or ski racks on the Volkswagen e-Golf. Of course, there will also be a matching towbar for the upcoming electric version of the Golf VIII.

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Towbar | Audi e-tron electric

The Audi e-tron electric has become one of the most popular electric cars in about two years. Kupplung.de offers complete towbars from GDW for both the standard Audi e-tron electric and the new Audi e-tron electric sportback. Of course, there will also be a towbar for future models of the growing e-tron family.

Rameder.eu is there to help every driver of an Audi e-tron with the right product, but also with advice and support: do you need a garage with good assembly experience? Our fitting centres are very familiar with the e-tron. If you want to organise the installation yourself, we recommend our online solution, Rameder Connect. It helps to avoid error messages from the vehicle after installation. However, certain programming skills are required to use Rameder Connect.

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Towbar | Kia Soul EV Electric

The towbar produced by WESTFALIA was developed especially for the Kia Soul EV Electric. This means that the towbar has been carefully tested and meets the highest quality standards. It can therefore be installed safely and does not interfere with the vehicle's systems during operation. The WESTFALIA towbar is perfect for those who want to transport skis, bicycles or other light objects with their Kia Soul EV Electric.

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