The charge to electric cars is leaving caravanners behind – is the Great British Holiday dead?

THE future is electric, we know that, but will it mean the end of more than just the combustion engine?

According to one study it will – it’s leaving the humble caravan holiday behind as EVs fail to be as useful when it comes to towing.


What Car?’s towing awards happen every yearCredit: WHAT CAR?

The What Car? Tow Car Awards happen every year and this year more EVs took part than ever before.

They were range tested with and without a caravan as part of the process and the results were pretty damning.

What Car? said: ‘The best performer managed 113 miles while towing a caravan weighted to 85% of the car’s kerb weight (the maximum recommended), and the worst just 78.1 miles.

‘Meanwhile, the average drop compared with the range without a caravan on the same test route and in the same weather conditions was 54.6%.

‘By comparison, the fuel economy in a petrol or diesel car typically drops by around a third when towing, so it will be necessary to stop more often with an electric car.

‘Plus, topping up is likely to be much more complicated.’

That’s because it’s seems to be impossible to charge your tow car with the caravan still attached right now.

What Car? continued: ‘None of the motorway services run by the three main operators in the UK currently allow caravanners to charge without first unhitching.

‘And due to one-way systems, some make it impossible to get back from the chargers to the towing parking area.’

Moto said it was unable to comment, and Welcome Break didn’t respond to What Car?’s enquiries on its future charging infrastructure plans.

However, a spokesman for Roadchef said: “While supporting cars and vans is our current priority, we are actively consulting with caravan forums to determine their needs around electric car charging.

“We aim to facilitate towing EVs well ahead of any bans on petrol and diesel models in the UK.”

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The outcome of all this is that combustion engines continue to offer the best solution for caravanners.

What Car? editor Steve Huntingford said: “Electric car ranges have improved massively over the last decade, but towing is always going to reduce how far you can go on a charge, so it’s crucial that the infrastructure is in place to support those who use their cars to pull a caravan or trailer.

“At the moment their needs feel like an afterthought, even though the ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars in the UK is just eight years away.”

The overall winner of the 2022 Tow Car Awards was a diesel Audi Q5 family SUV.

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