Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

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

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

In the spotlight really is the Tesla Model X which deserves a standing ovation.

Electric vehicles have the capacity for big torque and that was put to good use here. 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 Model X easily tows the massive plane, a job that is usually reserved for specialized diesel-powered vehicles.

Monday was an exciting day for electric vehicles everywhere.

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As far as the technical specifications are concerned, the Tesla Model X is claimed to proffer electric range of 295 miles along with 30mins to charge for 170 miles at any supercharge location. Its dual electric motors generated a huge amount of torque (967 Nm), which helped it tow the Dreamliner to nearly 300 metres.

This was, according to Qantas, the first time in history an electric passenger vehicle has towed a passenger plane (though electric vehicles do commonly tow other aircrafts). But the Tesla was the first electric passenger auto to achieve this feat.

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