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Tesla Model X tows Boeing 787 Dreamliner

16 May 2018

The record was awarded after the Tesla Model X P100D towed a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft that weighs 130 tonnes.

It's also not the first time that Qantas used an electric vehicle to tow one of their planes.

The distance was enough for the Tesla to break a new Guiness World Record for the heaviest tow by an electric passenger vehicle. The two companies met on a Melbourne Airport taxiway for the challenge.

In terms of weight, the Model X P100D tips the scales at 2,509kg, while the plane is a hefty 24,700 kg.

Qantas and Tesla are also teaming up to better benefit their customers. The Tesla Model X P100D's electric motor generates an impressive 1,072Nm of torque.

The Model X has an advertised towing capacity of 5,000 pounds, but there's no question that Tesla's crossover SUV is much more powerful than that.

Cars towing airplanes isn't really out-of-the-box thinking.

Joining the league, the popular German brand, Porsche beat the record with its Cayenne S Diesel that pulled a 285-tonne Airbus A380 for 73 meters in 2017.

Qantas and Tesla are working together to bring clean transportation to the masses and sustain it for the future.

In the long-term, widespread use of electric vehicles could help airlines cut down on their emissions on the runway. A Tesla Model X was imported in India sometime back.

Tesla Model X tows Boeing 787 Dreamliner