Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Business | By Kate Woods

Tesla Model X tows 130 ton Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

Tesla Model X tows 130 ton Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

Tesla's Model X is not a machine you would call "gutless".

The tow auto in the video is a Model X P100D, and the plane is the latest Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, carrying a "small amount of fuel on board" but no passengers. Most petrolheads will remember the Volkswagen Touareg V10 TDI, which created quite stir when it towed a Boeing 747, back in 2006.

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Monday was an exciting day for electric vehicles everywhere. The electric automaker teamed up with Qantas for a publicity stunt in which a Tesla Model X P100D pulled a 287,000-pound Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner almost 1,000 feet down the tarmac at the Melbourne Airport in Australia.

The feat set a new world record for being the "heaviest tow by an electric production passenger vehicle". Qantas offers Tesla wall chargers at four airports in Austrailia to offer Tesla Model S and Model X owners a charging point while they are travelling.

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Qantas and Tesla are also teaming up to better benefit their customers. The Model X P100D managed to pull the giant aircraft nearly 300m.

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. The Tesla Model X P100D's electric motor generates an impressive 1,072Nm of torque.

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