Watch here as a Tesla Model X tows a Qantas' Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. Qantas Airways, which owns the aircraft in question, revealed that this was the first time that a production electric vehicle towed a passenger aeroplane.
Now, Qantas did the stunt to promote their collaboration with Tesla and their rewards for Tesla owners, but it can't be denied that the Model X is a very capable auto and kudos to Tesla here because it's made something that stands apart from the crowd.
The feat set a new world record for being the "heaviest tow by an electric production passenger vehicle".
Why the Tesla and Qantas partnership? Compared to other models, which have also pulled airplanes successfully in the past, such as Volkswagen Touareg and Porsche Cayene S Diesel, the Tesla Model X P100D offers far more torque. A fully charged Model X can go up to 465 km on a single charge. In an event in India, Tata Hexa pulled a 285-tonne Airbus A380 previous year for 73 meters, which is highly impressive.
In the long-term, widespread use of electric vehicles could help airlines cut down on their emissions on the runway. 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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