- Aug 10, 2020
- Reaction score
- Illinois, USA
- Tesla Model Y, GMC Sierra Hybrid (2-Mode)
It's a good idea, but making it happen involves system integration challenges that require changing the interface on a century-old tech stack that supports thousands of businesses in its current form.That is a nice video. But I believe they will be making trailer axles with electric motors that will assist the movement of the trailer. Depending on the number of axles on the trailer this will help the EV pull the trailer. Possibly eliminating the load on the EV. If the batteries in the camper trailer are large enough it could even extend the range of the combo vehicles.
Anyone who's worked with legacy code in the tech industry will appreciate the non-technical challenges here.
Definitely a good idea. It's just going to be shaped by economics and prior art, and keeping a business selling selling powered-trailers afloat during the rollout would be tricky.
Remember that one of the big benefits of the current pickup-truck/trailer tech stack is that trailers are cheap and interchangeable. A powered trailer would be neither of these, at least when they first come to market.
P.S. It's worth reiterating that that ICE vehicles take a huge range-hit when towing, too -- the difference is that nobody cares when a gas pickup truck loses 30%-50% of its range.