Tesla Model X Tows Qantas Dreamliner

Qantas Tesla

Qantas Tesla

Tesla's Model X is not a machine you would call "gutless". The Tesla Model X P100D, which has arguably the greatest towing power of any electric production vehicle calmly tows the plane down the runway.

Avid motoring enthusiasts probably remember Volkswagen towing a Boeing 747 with a diesel V10 Touareg.

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Built with just 5000-lb rated capacity, Tesla's Model X is the only electric passenger vehicle with the highest towing capacity now offered in the market.

This is not the first time an electric vehicle has moved a Qantas aircraft. A Tesla Model X P100D towed a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, making it the the heaviest tow by an electric production passenger vehicle to date.

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Why the Tesla and Qantas partnership?

Tesla along with Qantas came together for a more updated take on the same stunt. The Model X towed the airplane for nearly 1,000 feet seemingly without breaking a sweat.

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The Model X successfully towed the 130 ton Dreamliner, surpassing its rated road tow weight of 2.5 tons. The Germans retaliated with the Porsche Cayenne S Diesel past year, which pulled a 285-tonne Airbus A380 for an impressive 73 metres. 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.

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