- Tesla teamed up with Qantas for a publicity stunt in which a Tesla Model X P100D pulled a 287,000-pound Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner nearly 300 meters at the Melbourne Airport
- The stunt earned a new Guinness World Record for “heaviest tow by an electric production passenger vehicle”
An electric-powered car is pulling a full size commercial aircraft, and apparently, this is the first time ever.
Tesla put the power of its Model X P100D to the test by having the electric SUV tow a Qantas 787 Dreamliner for a distance of almost 300 meters at the Melbourne Airport.
The electric SUV drove into the history books for setting the very specific record of “heaviest tow by an electric production passenger vehicle,” according to CNN Money.
Forbes reported that the Dreamliner weighs 130 tons, far more than the Tesla’s rated towing capacity of 5,000 lbs. The feat was an attempt to earn the Guinness World Record as the heaviest tow by an electric passenger vehicle.
The event not only proved Tesla’s towing power, but it also kickstarted Qantas’s new sustainability campaign; showing how innovation can increase sustainability in the transportation industry.