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- Jun 27, 2021
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- Model 3, Wrangler, Tractors
- Computer Scientist
I think you hit the nail on the head here. It isn't so much "can it pull it", but more "can it stop it, turn with it?", etc. I'm planning on buying the tri-motor CT, but more because I want more passive motor resistance. In fact, I'm certain the single motor CT can get 14k lbs rolling, but you'll need the additional resistance that comes from the regenerative braking to really stop the thing without completely shredding your brakes on your first down-hill switch backs. A big, heavy engine also helps in ICE vehicles when down shifting, same idea I think.Think about the fact that the trailer weighing 16500 lbs. is greater than and pushing the unit powering it thar only weighs 6000 lbs. A 10000 lbs difference is impossible for the power unit to control unless the trailer also is powered and under the control of the power unit towing it.
Barring that happening, little 6000 lb CT just gets push around curves, through red lights and over baby buggies that happen to suddenly appear.
16500 lbs is a three car hauler trailer. I’ve towed one of those. It destroyed a F350 1 ton dually grinding the axel bearing into the spindles and vaporizing brake pads like they were made of cork. Yes it could pull 16500 lbs. No it could not do it repeatedly. That took an International 1850 series tractor(3.5 ton) and a real 5th wheel to handle the lateral loads.
My guess is that the regenerative braking is going to be adjustable in the CT to manage towing loads correctly.