Tesla breaks EV towing record

16 May, 2018, 14:04 | Author: Regina Silva
  • Tesla Model X enters record books by towing a Boeing Airplane

Avid motoring enthusiasts probably remember Volkswagen towing a Boeing 747 with a diesel V10 Touareg.

Tesla just entered the Guinness World Record book. Nissan managed to pull a gargantuan 170-tonne cargo plane to set a new record in 2013. In fact, previous year a video went viral showing a Tata Hexa towing a Boeing 737-800.

Electric vehicles have the capacity for big torque and that was put to good use here.

The Model X electric SUV pulled a 130-tonne 787-9 Dreamliner nearly 300m, breaking the record for the heaviest tow by an electric passenger vehicle.

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It's also not the first time Qantas and Tesla have faced off - two years ago a Boeing 737 and Tesla Model S P90D raced over 3km from a standing start at Avalon airport, and while the vehicle grabbed a headstart in the acceleration stakes, the plane thankfully didn't top out at the Tesla's top speed of 250km/h top speed and rubbed it in by taking off.

In what's believed to be a world first, the passenger airliner was hitched to the electric vehicle for towing.

The tow vehicle in the video is a Model X P100D, and the plane is the latest Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, carrying a "small amount of fuel on board" but no passengers.

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