Melbourne - A Tesla Model XP100D SUV towed a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner from Qantas several hundred meters.
Probably envious of the record registered by the Porsche Cayenne S that towed an Air France Airbus A380 (285 tonnes) before, Tesla decided to participate in the game of the small car pulling a big plane. But this time, the tractor is an electric car.
Tesla's XP100D has managed to pull the Qantas Dreamliner of 130 tonnes from the Australian national carrier, over 300 meters on the tarmac at Melbourne Airport. The performance puts Tesla's XP100D at third place in the Guinness book of records, behind the Porsche Cayenne S which towed an Air France Airbus A380.
Electric vehicles are increasingly used at airports across the world in various ground services, including tugs. The Oneworld alliance company says it is already using electric tractors to tow its planes at Sydney and Canberra airports as part of its plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.