How to Flat Tow a Hybrid or Electric Car with All Four Wheels Down

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This information was compiled from multiple internet resources on 1-30-13

Summary of the differences between both types of vehicles.

  1. Electric cars totally depend on electricity. Hybrid cars make use of a mixture of gas and electric power.

  2. The primary source of Hybrid cars is the internal combustion engine, with a battery of electric cells and a hub mounted DC motors, which supplies the supplementary propulsion. An electric car has rechargeable batteries that provide power.

  3. In a hybrid car, the batteries not only provide energy but also store it. On the other hand, the batteries of an electric car do not get recharged unless plugged to some source of energy.

Chevy | Ford | Nissan | Toyota

Chevy


2012-2013 Chevy Volt (Crossover)
All 4 wheels down (Flat Tow) Never
Car dolly only

Ford


2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid (Crossover)
Flat Tow Automatic only (Start the engine and allow it to run for five minutes at the beginning of each day and every six hours thereafter)
Maximum speed with hybrid transmission is 70 mph

2013 Ford C-Max Energi (Crossover)
Flat Tow Automatic only (Start the engine and allow it to run for five minutes at the beginning of each day and every six hours thereafter)
Maximum speed with hybrid transmission is 70 mph

2012 Ford Edge Fwd (Crossover)
Flat Tow Automatic only
Maximum speed with automatic transmission is 65 mph
Stop every six hours and run the engine for five minutes to cool the transmission fluid

2010-2013 Ford Edge (Fwd/Awd) (Crossover)
Flat Tow Automatic only
All-Wheel drive/Intelligent 4Wd vehicles cannot be towed on a dolly
Maximum speed with automatic transmission is 55 mph (Start the engine and allow it to run for five minutes at the beginning of each day and every six hours thereafter)

2010-2013 Ford Escape (Fwd/4wd) (Hybrid)
Flat Tow All-wheel-drive/Intelligent 4WD vehicles cannot be towed on a dolly
Maximum speed with automatic transmission is 75 mph

2010-2013 Ford Flex (Fwd/Awd) (Crossover)
Flat Tow Automatic only
All-Wheel drive/Intelligent 4Wd vehicles cannot be towed on a dolly
Maximum speed with automatic transmission is 55 mph (Start the engine and allow it to run for five minutes at the beginning of each day and every six hours thereafter)

2013 Ford Focus
Flat Tow Manual only
Automatic no

2009 Ford Fusion
Flat Tow Manual transmission only
4 wheels down max speed is 70 mph

2010-2013 Ford Fusion (Hybrid)
Flat Tow Manual only
Automatic ok but do not pull more 65 mph

Nissan


2011-2013 Nissan Leaf (Fwd)
Direct drive transmission
All 4 wheels down (Flat Tow) Never
Car dolly -- Never

Toyota


2010-2013 Toyota Prius
All 4 wheels down (Flat Tow) Never
Car dolly only

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