Monday was an exciting day for electric vehicles everywhere.
A new Guinness World Record has just been set in Melbourne.
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.
The event not only proved Tesla's towing power, but it also kick-started Qantas's new sustainability campaign, showing how innovation can increase sustainability in the transportation industry. The Model X towed the empty aircraft for about 300 metres creating the world record. The two companies met on a Melbourne Airport taxiway for the challenge.
While the Model X can accommodate up to seven passengers, far less than the 236 people on a Qantas Dreamliner, the Tesla punched above its weight towing the 130 tonne 787 well above its on road tow rated capacity of 2.5 tonnes. It is not known how much battery the Tesla was left with the completion of the stunt.
Talking about the Tesla Model X P100D's mechanical strength, the EV uses an electric motor with the maximum output of 1,072Nm of torque. The Germans retaliated with the Porsche Cayenne S Diesel a year ago, which pulled a 285-tonne Airbus A380 for an impressive 73 metres. It exceeds the tow rating of the Model X by about 48 times - not that that stopped the Tesla.