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A Tesla just towed a Qantas Dreamliner

16 May 2018, 05:35 | Joann Bryant

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

Elon Musk's electric car company shared a video on Tuesday of a Tesla Model X P100D towing a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner at Melbourne Airport in Australia

The electric SUV drove into the history books for setting the very specific record of "heaviest tow by an electric production passenger vehicle". The record was awarded after the Tesla Model X P100D towed a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft that weighs 130 tonnes.

Why the Tesla and Qantas partnership? The Model X towed the airplane for nearly 1,000 feet seemingly without breaking a sweat. The two companies met on a Melbourne Airport taxiway for the challenge.

The P100D has the capacity to tow 2.5 tonnes on the road. The Tesla Model X P100D's electric motor generates an impressive 1,072Nm of torque.

Now, Tesla and Qantas have teamed up for a more up-to-date take on the same stunt.

The Dreamliner is more than triple the Model X's recommended tow limit of about 5,500 lbs according to Australian airline Qantas which supplied the Dreamliner
A Tesla just towed a Qantas Dreamliner

According to Qantas, this is the first that the Tesla Model X towed so much of weight.

Cars are a common mode of transportation and the idea of these four-wheeled vehicles towing airplanes isn't new to the world. The Germans retaliated with the Porsche Cayenne S Diesel a year ago, which pulled a 285-tonne Airbus A380 for an impressive 73 metres.

In the long-term, widespread use of electric vehicles could help airlines cut down on their emissions on the runway. After the news of Tesla planning to launch the Model 3 in India, many people booked the vehicle but the plan has been deferred for various reasons including the high import tax in the Indian auto market.

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