The US based electric vehicle manufacturing company Tesla’s model X P100 D recently made its way to the Guinness Book of World Records after it pulling the newest wonder of the Qantas fleet, Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, at a taxiway in Melbourne Airport during a publicity event by Australian aircraft carrier Qantas for 300 metres. The aircraft weighs 130 tonne, which is the heaviest amount of weight ever towed by an electric vehicle.
Cars towing airplanes is nothing new and so many other cars have preceded the Tesla. A similar title is held by the Cayenne S Diesel, manufactured by the German brand Porsche. The Porsche had pulled a 285 tonne heavy A380 airbus for 73 metres back in 2017. Hexa, a Tata Motor’s production has also been seen pulling a Boeing 737-800 in an online video last year. The X P100 D is applauded because its the first production EV to tow such a heavy airbus.
The Tesla X P100D’s dual electric motor can produce a maximum torque of 1072 Nm, which is comparitively much more than the luxury SUVs and other vehicles who have towed loads before, namely the Cayenne S Diesel which produces 850 Nm torque and VW Touareg V10 TDI which produces 750 Nm torque. The on road tow capacity of the vehicle is 2.5 tonnes, which quite less than the weight of the dreamliner. The Tesla X P100 D can go upto 465 kms once its fully charged. The reports do not say how much charge was left in the Tesla after towing the Boeing 787-9. It is also known that Qantas and Tesla are working on a collaboration to bring and sustain clean transportation to the public. The EVs can actually bring down the cost of emission if they are to be used on the runways, which will be quite profitable for the airlines. The Model 3 of Tesla was to be launched in India, and its pre bookings had already begun, but the plan was aborted due to various issues,including the high import taxes.