Tesla Model X Easily Tows a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner Down Australian Runway

Qantas have celebrated the addition of a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner to its fleet by having a Tesla pull the plane down a runway in Melbourne.
Jessica Miley

We have seen dozens of videos of Tesla’s punching above their weight towing everything from jeeps to semi-trailers, but this video takes the cake. Watch here as a Tesla Model X tows a Qantas’ Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.

The event happened recently at Melbourne Airport and the incredible feat was beautifully captured by Qantas. The Model X easily tows the massive plane, a job that is usually reserved for specialized diesel-powered vehicles.

Electric vehicles have the capacity for big torque and that was put to good use here. The Tesla Model X P100D, which has arguably the greatest towing power of any electric production car calmly tows the plane down the runway.

A standard Model X weighs in at around 2,509kg, while the plane is a decent 24,700 kg. Tesla seems pretty excited about the stunt, they shared a sneak peek of the video on their Instagram account.


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Videos of Tesla’s towing extraordinary big things proliferate on YouTube. These entertaining videos range from the antics of Bjørn Nyland who pushes his Tesla’s to the limits towing other big cars to the ordinary Tesla drivers who have had to rescue people from the snow.

It seems Qantas orchestrated the stunt to promote the introduction of the 787-9 Dreamliner to their fleet. The stunt was part of a Guinness World Record attempt, as the heaviest tow by an electric production passenger vehicle. Stay tuned to see if the official record gets awarded.