Now that Tesla has finally delivered on its promise that the Model 3 would eventually be rated for towing with the offering of a factory fitted towbar option, but can you fit one to a Model 3 in Australia?
The answer is a nuanced ‘yes’, but it comes in three parts:
- Yes: Tesla has homologated the Model 3 in Australia through the Australian government SEVS website with a tow rating of 910kg, and is listed as an option (‘O’) for both of the Model 3 versions currently sold here.
- No: Tesla are not yet offering it as a factory fitted option within the Australian configurator, unlike the European one. On enquiry, they have also refused to comment on when (or even if) the factory Tesla Model 3 towbar will be opened as an option on the Australian configurator.
- Summing up: Yes, a tow bar can be fitted to a Model 3 in Australia, but not a factory one any time soon. Given the Model 3 has been both homologated by Tesla for fitting a tow bar and given a 910kg tow rating – there appears to be nothing stopping anyone fitting a suitable, properly complianced aftermarket one following taking possession of a Model 3.
Sadly, for those waiting on a tow option for a Model 3 before ordering one – waiting on the likes of Hayman Reece or the other tow bar manufacturers to design and build one may take a while, thereby potentially slowing down orders for the Model 3 in Australia.