Watch A Tesla Model X Tow A Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner


Weighing in at approximately 244,000 pounds without fuel, the Qantas Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner far exceeds the tow rating of a Tesla Model X.

However, it just takes mounds of torque to get one rolling at low speeds and that’s precisely what the X is showing off here.

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The Model X makes use of all 9,500 newton-meters of torque (at the wheels) or 487 pound-feet (under typical measurement methods) it puts out to tug the mighty airliner some 300 meters and place itself in the record books for heaviest tow by a production electric vehicle.

Video description:

Never has a passenger airliner been hitched to an electric passenger vehicle for towing. Well at least until today. On a remote taxiway at Melbourne Airport, a Tesla Model X P100D with the greatest pulling power of any electric passenger vehicle came face to face against the newest star of the Qantas fleet, a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.

Some two years ago, Tesla and Qantas first teamed up to show a race between a Boeing 737 and a Tesla Model S P90D. You can check that out at the link below:

Tesla Model S Versus Boeing 737 – Race Video

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15 Comments on "Watch A Tesla Model X Tow A Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner"

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Amusing and fun PR stunt.
Toureg Diesel already towed a 747 at 380,000 lbs 😉
There are bigger planes, time to step it up Telsa!

So it’s been done, that’s what I thought. Thanks for sharing about the Toureg. It would be a good step towards sustainability to use all-electric pushbacks, a domain usually dominated by filthy diesel engines. They don’t travel very far, so they can easily run all day towing planes and plug in for those scant 6 hours that domestic airports don’t have flights. With all the windows up top, I can see the Tesla as a fair choice. Considering the RAF is already using Tesla Model S in coordination with their U2 spy plane flights, and someone has used a Model X to launch a glider, there is a pattern forming. I expect the much heavier Model X to be a better choice than the Volkswagen for towing.

But this was a stunt, right? It’s not like Qantas is doing this for real.

GM did this with a pickup truck on a 747 back in the 1970’s, no news here…


And Toyota did this with a Tundra towing the space shuttle in 2012 that weighed almost 300,000 pounds. Why didn’t Tesla tow their rockets? Not heavy enough?

It looks like Qantas is working hard to appeal to more globally-conscious travelers:

And here’s the statement to prove it:
“With more than 10,000 pieces of Qantas ground services equipment like catering trucks, aircraft loaders and other vehicles all running on diesel, even just a small shift to electric power will have an enormous impact in the move to a sustainable future.”

They also have the EV pushbacks, something I didn’t know existed, thanks @Snkr.

Here’s the pushback’s manufacturer site:

and another brand also from Tronair:

How’s trolling as a lifestyle?

I am not sure, why are you trolling me? I just posted verifiable facts… This has all been done before, many times. BTW did anyone notice in the video they do not show the plane starting to roll, they just shot it already rolling… HMMM, I wonder if they bumped the plane with a forklift to get it rolling?

That 787 is beautiful… What an awesome flying machine.

I thought the Model 3 was going to get a tow hitch… what happened to that?

/doesn’t even have to be 244,000 pounds…. 1,500 would be fine.

Right! But, I would like 2,000 Lbs: to tow my old EV Conversion! Showing…the New EV, Towing the Old EV!

Make the plane take off on tow. That would be really newsworthy. Possibly a Tesla semi could pull that off with a C-130. Need a long runway, but NASA has one.


Good marketing by Qantas

Who only came to see how much ballast they added to the Tesla (and was disappointed to find it not mentioned)?