May 20, 2018

Watch a Model X tow a Dreamliner

16 May 2018, 05:34 | Melvin Schneider

Electric torque on display as Tesla Model X tows a Qantas Dreamliner

Tesla Model X Tows Boeing Gets Guinness World Record 1

This isn't the first time that the Tesla crossover has exhibited its impressive towing capabilities.

Although it's rated to tow 2500kg, the Model X managed to pull the 130,000 kg airplane almost 300 meters. Tesla also set a new Guinness World Record for the heaviest tow (130 tonnes) by an electric production vehicle. The auto actually received a Guinness World Record for heaviest tow by an electric production passenger vehicle. The stunt was done at the taxiway of the Melbourne Airport.

Qantas and Tesla are also teaming up to better benefit their customers.

Tesla Model X Tows Boeing Gets Guinness World Record

While the Model X can accommodate up to seven passengers, far less than the 236 people on a Qantas Dreamliner, the Tesla punched above its weight towing the 130 tonne 787 well above its on road tow rated capacity of 2.5 tonnes. A fully charged Model X can go up to 465 km on a single charge. However, there have been instances before where production cars towed aircraft. This model has all-wheel drive thanks to a dual-motor setup and makes peak torque off-the-line. In an event in India, Tata Hexa pulled a 285-tonne Airbus A380 a year ago for 73 meters, which is highly impressive.

Qantas Airways also shared an official statement, which said that never has a passenger airliner been hitched to an electric passenger vehicle for towing, at least until today.

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