According to Qantas, this was the first occasion that a production electric auto has ever towed a passenger aircraft.
Electric Vehicle brand Tesla has now hopped onto the car-towing-airplanes bandwagon.
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The Tesla Model X SUV is strong enough to tow a Boeing 787 Dreamliner - and has set a new world record in the process. The Model X towed the airplane for nearly 1,000 feet seemingly without breaking a sweat. The stunt was done at the taxiway of the Melbourne Airport.
While the Dreamliner didn't have any passengers or cargo on board, and it only had a small amount of fuel, it's an incredibly impressive feat for the Tesla vehicle, which can typically tow about 5,500 pounds, according to a press release.
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In terms of weight, the Model X P100D tips the scales at 2,509kg, while the plane is a hefty 24,700 kg. The tow lasted almost one-thousand feet by the large amount of torque provided by the Tesla's dual electric motors.
Qantas and Tesla are also teaming up to better benefit their customers.
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As you can probably imagine, the airplane weighs much more than the Model X and exceeds its towing capacity by quite a margin.
Qantas and Tesla are working together to bring clean transportation to the masses and sustain it for the future. Never has a passenger airliner been hitched to an electric passenger vehicle for towing. It exceeds the tow rating of the Model X by about 48 times - not that that stopped the Tesla.
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