Tesla Model X tows 130 ton Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

Darnell Taylor
May 16, 2018

Monday was an exciting day for electric vehicles everywhere.

Electric automobile manufacturer Tesla has recently set a new Guinness World Record for the heaviest tow by a production Electric Vehicle (EV).

The short video that you see above of a Tesla Model X towing a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner belonging to Qantas is actually a marketing stunt by the Australian airline and a pretty cool one at that. The two companies met on a Melbourne Airport taxiway for the challenge.

The Model X successfully towed the 130 ton Dreamliner, surpassing its rated road tow weight of 2.5 tons.

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

Why the Tesla and Qantas partnership? A fully charged Model X can go up to 465 km on a single charge.

Cars are a common mode of transportation and the idea of these four-wheeled vehicles towing airplanes isn't new to the world.

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. The Tesla Model X P100D is powered by an electric motor that generates 1,072 Nm of peak torque, which is much higher than many luxury SUVs powered by the regular internal combustion engine. It exceeds the tow rating of the Model X by about 48 times - not that that stopped the Tesla.

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