Watch a Tesla Model X tow a passenger airplane down a runway


Tesla made a decision to use a Model X P100D SUV to tow a Qantas 787-9 Dreamliner carrying a small amount of fuel but no passengers.

This is not the first time an electric vehicle has moved a Qantas aircraft. But the Tesla was the first electric passenger vehicle to achieve this feat. 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.

Although it's rated to tow 2500kg, the Model X managed to pull the 130,000 kg airplane almost 300 meters. The stunt was done at the taxiway of the Melbourne Airport.

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

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

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. Its dual electric motors generated a huge amount of torque (967 Nm), which helped it tow the Dreamliner to nearly 300 metres.

The Dreamliner, which weighs around 565,000Ibs when carrying fuel, is much heavier than the recommend tow limit for the Model X, which is around 5,500Ibs.

Cars towing airplanes isn't really out-of-the-box thinking. The Germans retaliated with the Porsche Cayenne S Diesel previous year, which pulled a 285-tonne Airbus A380 for an impressive 73 metres. A Tesla Model X was imported in India sometime back.