Tesla Model X Pulls Stuck Semi Out Of Slippery Spot – Video

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JAN 6 2018 BY STEVEN LOVEDAY 43

Thanks to this Tesla Model X, a semi driver continues his work.

To say that areas of the U.S. are dealing with a cold snap would be an understatement. In fact, a recent “bomb cyclone” on the East Coast has many regions dealing with sub-zero temperatures and lots of ice and snow. This is even true in southern states that don’t generally see such weather and aren’t well-equipped to deal with it.

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Tesla Model X towing a semi up a hill in the snow!

Recently, a semi was stuck in the snow heading up a grade in Raleigh, North Carolina. A Tesla employee used his powerful, all-wheel-drive Model X SUV to save the day. The Model X is known for outstanding traction, and due to its all-electric powertrain, it churns out plenty of instant torque.

The Tesla Model X has a 5,000-pound towing limit, but had absolutely no trouble with this task, according to its owner, Ben Streen. Business Insider reported that Ben is a Tesla customer experience employee per his LinkedIn profile. He commented on Facebook about the incident:

“No power limited at all. That really wasn’t hard on the car. I’ve driven it much harder without heat-soaking.”

Apparently, based on the comments on Facebook, the Model X was able to pull the semi all the way up the hill, although it isn’t shown in its entirety in the video. Nonetheless, this is still an epic feat, especially when considering the weather conditions and circumstances.

Sources: Business Insider, Electrek

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43 Comments on "Tesla Model X Pulls Stuck Semi Out Of Slippery Spot – Video"

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Texas FFE

Looks like he just voided his power train warranty. It doesn’t matter if pulling the truck hurt the power train or not. When Tesla finds out about this they will never honor the power train warranty.

Paul de Wit

This is great free publicity for Tesla. If your unlikely worst case scenario plays out, I suspect they might thank him for doing this and help him out.

Texas FFE

Yeah right, Now everybody that owns a Model X needs start dragging around tractor trailers so that Tesla will thank them. We need to start Model X pulling competitions to see who can pull the most with their X. Don’t worry about breaking your $100k+ X, Tesla will thank you and fix it for free and I’m sure Tesla investors will be ecstatic about throwing even more money into the bottomless Tesla money put to fix your cat.

Big Solar

awww, you seem so worried about everyone involved, bless your heart.

Prad Bitt

Ha Ha! Good one! The altruistic pe-troll ! lol!

Bill Howland

Yeah, but personally, If an owner wants to gamble with this, so be it. After all its his money, not mine. But I hear what you’re saying.

People used to constantly tell me to take my roadster to the local drag racing strip so that the car could be ‘Officially Timed’.

(Although I felt my plain jane roadster would make a pretty good showing of itself – 0-60 mph in 3.9 secs – I would always decline because it says with no ifs ands or buts that doing that WILL void the Tesla warranty – their words not mine).

thelionreal

You really should not project the innadequacies of your white-trash-disaster-trailer here by criticizing the new technology that will unseat your climate-denying bulls*** grandson’s jobs.

Will

Use your brain, FFE. one person doing it is one thing. If everyone tried doing it, they’d obviously say bugger off.

K-lein

Even though the truck was much heavier than the towing limit, the lack of traction probably caused the actual force transmitted to be significantly lower.

Murrysville EV

The power of his Model X has little to do with it.

I’d like to know what tires he has on that car.

Prad Bitt

1- The weight of the Model X helps. The X weighs 2.5 tons, much heavier than a lot of conventional 4x4s.

2- Also, the software driving the X’s drivetrain is much better than most as well. And the millisecond traction control feedback time on the electric direct drive is impossible on a petro 4×4.
3- With appropriate winter tires, the video would have been even more impressive IMO.

Speaking of “bomb cyclone”, I’m surprised the guys who look at weather as proof of climate change hasn’t come out, yet. Where are the guys who said that this year’s hurricane was due to warming? Is global warming over now that it’s so cold?

I’m sure some right wing nutjob will throw a snow ball to say there’s no climate change, I just wish people who claim to understand science not say such stupid things about warm weather event.

pjwood1

Is it stupid to say warm air retains more water, leading to more severe storms?

Prad Bitt

Warmer temperature leads to more evaporation, more clouds.
With warmer air all the global weather system runs faster. Is more excited.

More and stronger storms.

The problem is you can’t look at any one event and proclaim global warming or not. Weather is variable. You need to look at multi-decade rends, statistics, and modeling.

Bill Howland

Models can be good or bad.

For instance, without necessarily being an Expert Car mechanic – if someone comes to you and says, “My Car won’t Start”, and then says:

“I don’t see why not – I just vacuumed it, and emptied the ash tray”. – You know that that won’t help since you have a MODEL in your mind of how a car is supposed to work and car mats and ash trays are relative irrelevancies.

But for Climatology discussions, ’50 year’ models work best, since if they are inaccurate no one around 50 years later will care.

Bill Howland

Uh Chief Prad Bitt:

The earth has been relatively warm these past 18 years (although no further warming), and there has been (what is to some, not to me) remarkably few or intense storms COMPARED to other periods of similar duration.

So it seems you have it exactly backwards. Colder weather will increase temperature differences leading to more violent storms, not less.

Some Guy

Well, if you are looking for heat, come to Europe. On Wednesday early afternoon, one could go biking in a pullover around these parts, at almost 15°C and sunshine. In former days, thick winter cloths would have been required (0°C would have been a “high temperature” for January 3rd just 10 years ago).
The inconvenient thing about global warming is, that it is an average thing. Some regions warm faster / more intense than others, and some even might get colder in the process. Plus, the lows/highs get more extreme.
50 years back, there was about half a meter to one meter of snow every winter, and it stayed for weeks. The higest I have seen in the last 5 years was 5 cm. Last winter, there was zero, and this winter, I have seen about 2 cm of snow twice, but gone in a few hours.
So I conclude, it is definitely getting warmer around here.

Mister G

Please try explaining that to our McDonald’s eating President Tweet.

Pushmi-Pullyu

Even if that overage child wasn’t determined to remain willfully ignorant on the subject, there’s no way “Some Guy” could hold the Twit(terer)-in-Chief’s attention for long enough to explain anything that complex.

“The one description that everyone gave, everyone has in common — they all say he is like a child… This man does not read, does not listen. He’s like a pinball, just shooting off the sides.” — Michael Wolff, Fire and Fury

jm

The excerpt that tickled me the most in the reviews I read was “Bannon apparently refers to Donald, Jr as ‘Fredo.'”

I brought that quote up in a teleconference yesterday and the discussion devolved into a series of “Godfather” quote.

Bill Howland

Yup, if your vantage point is from the 1940-1974 time period, this was the coldest time during the 20th century. So, yes, from that basepoint it is much warmer now. But don’t worry, you’ll see such temperatures again, or at least your kids or grandkids will, and more so.

Bill Howland

There wasn’t any to speak of for the last 18 years, but now its on track to get colder. But I think no one here, even my friends, really believe that, although 1 is saying he’s keeping an open mind and wants to see how it plays out. But as cold weather increases the temperature difference, storms should start becoming more intense, as a general rule.

Get Real
Bill Howland

So Kate Yoder (the author of the link), writes a few ‘factless’ paragraphs, with the primary information in the headline “Facts Matter”. Blinding Revelation there –

But since you’ve gotten so many of your facts wrong regarding me personally, perhaps you’d care to rationalize ‘Climate-Gate’.

I’m more than willing to listen to miss Yoder if she can use the Scientific Method in her reporting.

It is too bad that the earth is not cooperating with your fanciful ideas.

Pushmi-Pullyu

Tesla Model X AWD FTW! 😀

John Doe

Are not semi drivers required to bring with them snow chains?
In Norway they are not allowed to drive without at least 3. They will be stopped by police, and stiff fines will follow.
You don’t want a large truck slide into you with no control.
No traction no driving.

EVs with heavy weight, plenty of torque should be really good at towing. Now put some spiked snow chains on that Model X ?

Kdawg

Prob. not in North Carolina. Dunno.

Another Euro point of view

So we have here a semi stuck in the snow.A Model X owner comes by with some spare time on his hands. Simultaneously we have a truck driver that thinks “yeah ! a fancy SUV pulling my hugely heavier semi, such a good idea !!”
To that combination of events you need to add the careful filming of the scene in the freezing cold by someone barely shaking his smartphone & ideally positioned to capture the scene. All of this in respect of a brand noticed for relying heavily on social networks and internet to generate hype. Nice coincidence, If you look carefully at the background you will also see Elon in a sledge pulled by reindeer’s. Sweet. Could have been part of a Homer Simpson cartoon.

Bill Howland

Hum, ievs won’t let me post here after several tries

Bill Howland
The National Hurricane Center (NHC) provides information on major U.S. hurricanes during the past 100-plus years.According to the NHC, 70 major hurricanes struck the United States in the 100 years between 1911 and 2010. That is an average of 7 major hurricane strikes per decade. What are the trends within this 100-year span? Let’s take a look. Let’s split the 100-year hurricane record in half, starting with major hurricane strikes during the most recent 50 years. During the most recent decade, 2001-2010, 7 major hurricanes struck the United States. That is exactly the 100-year average. During the preceding decade, 1991-2000, 6 major hurricanes struck the United States. That is below the 100-year average. During the decade 1981-1990, 4 major hurricanes struck the United States. That is substantially below the 100-year average, and ties the least number of major hurricanes on record. During the decade 1971-1980, 4 major hurricanes struck the United States. That is substantially below the 100-year average, and ties 1981-1990 as the two decades with the least number of major hurricanes. During the decade 1961-1970, 7 major hurricanes struck the United States. That is exactly the 100-year average. Incredibly, not a single decade during the past 50 years… Read more »
Kdawg

I think your sample periods are way too small. You should compare cumulative date over centuries. So 1900’s compared to 1800’s, compared to 1700’s etc.

Bill Howland

Actually the true pattern is very cyclical with the most important cycles being 112 years? Why so long?

Because the orbit around the Sun that the earth travels is not exactly the same every orbit, nor is the point in the Sun’s Sun Spot Cycle always the same, nor even is the number of Sun Spots per cycle the same – nor is the path of the moon around the earth exactly the same each time.

What this boils down to, is 2019 should be a colder winter where I live than even 2014 was, and it should get colder from there, as it does will other ’18 year Global Warming Pauses’ throughout recent history.

Due to the moon and its gravity, 2024-2026 should be an exciting time period for Volcanic activity.

Kdawg

Comparing 2019 to 2014 in climate terms, you might as well be comparing now to 0.000001 seconds from now. Think bigger.

Bill Howland

Uh Chief Kdawg:

2019, 2024, 2025 and 2026 have not happened yet. I’m putting my neck on the line giving an unequivical future projection.

I’ve also listed historical facts over the past 100 years – true a ‘too short time period’ in your words, but it happens to be close to the time I’m most curious about, namely, the Present and NEAR PRESENT.

You’re welcome to try to be more precise or exact than this.

Kdawg

I don’t think we can be precise about 50 years from now, let alone 5 years from now. We should be looking at trends over centuries, and all things being equal, what those trends will tell us about 100 years from now. Does that affect the BBQ party I have planned for this summer? No. But that’s what I meant by think bigger.

Egk

Maybe you should look at a climate measure that scientists actually say is related to climate change; number of “major hurricanes” isn’t one, since storm formation is a complex process. Storm energy is, though. And sure enough it’s been increasing: https:www.epa.gov/climate-indicators/climate-change-indicators-heavy-precipitation

Bill Howland

EGK it depends ‘WHEN’ you talk to these people.

Unchallenged, they will say more severe storms are the result of AGW – but since there has been an ’18 year pause’ in the warming, they’ll just call it “Climate Change”.

But if you ‘educate’ them that all the more severe hurricanes happen during relatively cold periods on average (As I’ve just delineated), then they’ll backtrack and SAY:

“Well, you can’t use the lack of storms as an indicator of no Climate Change”. Actually – their SECOND position accidentally is the CORRECT one – warmer temps and less temperature difference mean less severe storms and fewer of them – but they’d never agree to that!

Except that is 180 degrees opposed to their initial statement. They want to have their silly arguments apply in ALL cases by FAITH.

What the earth has in store for it is an upcoming Global Cooling, which will cause many more harmful effects than any warming ever could – namely transportation failures, and crop shortages, leading to food shortages and riots.

Steve W

While the torque of the Tesla is undeniable, it really has nothing to do with pulling a semi in the snow. The factor that is most important here is traction. And no vehicle with any kind of tire would likely have enough traction to do what is seen here. In fact the tires on the Tesla are spinning, indicating that traction control has been turned off, (I don’t even know if the car has that ability, many cars do not) Which would result in less traction and makes the video even less believable. What is happening here is that the truck is moving itself up the hill ( you can here the truck driver feathering the throttle, which would be the proper way to get traction). While the Tesla is providing just enough traction to get itself up the hill and keep the cable taught.

Bill Howland

Or, possibly the SEMI was just ‘ a bit ‘ stuck, and the “X” doing a bit of pulling, along with the VOLVO semi also ‘trying’ – was enough to get both of them going.