One of the biggest knocks against electric vehicles is that they “can’t tow,” which isn’t entirely true. Many EVs are capable of towing, but those vehicles also lose a significant amount of range while towing. Regardless, while some of its competitors are available with tow packages, it seems that the Ford Mustang Mach-E isn’t approved for such activities, even a hitch is available to purchase. Ford Authority stumbled across this interesting fact while spending the week with a 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E.
In the Mach-E’s manual, Ford clearly states “Your vehicle is not approved for trailer towing. Never tow a trailer.” However, hitches are readily available from the aftermarket, including this one from Torklift Central. According to the seller, this hitch is rated for 525 pounds of tongue weight at the trailer ball and 3,500 pounds of max towing capacity. This is an aftermarket solution, of course, and is not endorsed by Ford, but it’s interesting that it is available at all given Ford’s guidance on towing with the Mach-E.
Meanwhile, the Mach-E’s chief competitor – the Tesla Model Y – is available with a tow package, which can be added at the time of purchase or installed later on. With this package, Tesla says that the EV crossover is capable of towing up to 3,500 pounds. At the same time, multiple Ford products in the Mach-E’s price range are also quite capable of towing reasonable loads, including the 2022 Ford Edge, which is rated to tow 1,500 pounds at a minimum up to a maximum of 3,500 pounds depending on configuration, while the 2022 Ford Explorer can tow as much as 5,000-5,600 pounds.
It’s unclear why Ford doesn’t endorse towing with the Mach-E, but it’s likely that the EV crossover is in fact capable of doing so. Regardless, ignoring the manufacturer’s recommendation is never a great idea, either.