Who would have thought a Model X P100D could serve as a replacement for an airport pushback tug? An interesting promotional video released by Australian airline Qantas shows one of its new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft being towed by the electric crossover.
With dual motors and a healthy amount of torque that’s delivered instantaneously, the P100D effortlessly hauls the gigantic aircraft, which with a curb weight of up to 545,000 pounds, is more than 100 times heavier than the Tesla’s rated towing capacity.
It’s an impressive feat, but such aircraft are surprisingly easy to move under ideal conditions. The Porsche Cayenne S Diesel has less torque than the Model X P100D, but it successfully pulled an Airbus A380, a double-deck widebody airliner with a takeoff weight of more than 1.2 million pounds.
Tesla Working On EVs With 400 Miles Range, But Do You Need It?
A 400-mile driving range is probably a lot more than you would ever need.
Tesla has confirmed that it will release a series of revised vehicles with a driving range of over 400 mile.
According to CEO Elon Musk, the company leads the industry in both range and efficiency, and the new updates will further improve both metrics.
Engineers are already very close to the target with the Model S Long Range, which can travel up to 370 miles, but how much range does the average driver really need?
Sure, 400 miles is a great achievement, but studies have shown that 200 miles of range is more than enough for well over 95% of the population. Moreover, battery technology has progressed to the point where range anxiety is now more of an issue with charging capacity and infrastructure and not with electric vehicles.
As the charging infrastructure grows and fast-charging capacity increases, even those few individuals who travel unusual distances on a regular basis could soon get by with “only” 200 miles.
But while you might not need a 400-mile range electric car, having one can be extra convenient, wouldn’t it? What do you think?
Tesla Electric Truck Will Be Better Than Ford F-150
Elon Musk boasts it will better overall pickup than America’s most popular truck.
In the same Ride the Lighting podcast in which he revealed that the all-electric Tesla pickup truck will cost less than $50,000, Tesla CEO Elon Musk boasted that it will also be better truck than the Ford F-150, the best-selling vehicle in America for over 30 years.
“This will be a better truck than an F-150 in terms of truck-like functionality,” he said
Musk previously noted that the base pickup truck will have all-wheel-drive and “crazy torque” from two electric motors, but he did not say which version of the F-150 he was basing his comparison on.
There are many variants of the Ford F-150, with prices ranging from $30,000 for a simple, barebone work truck to more than $70,000 for the highly-luxurious Limited model. And Ford is also reportedly building an all-electric version of the F-150.
If the Tesla pickup truck is as good as Elon Musk says it will be, it’s going to be a major paradigm shift for the pickup truck segment and a world-beater. What do you think about his bold claim?
Tesla Electric Truck Will Cost Less Than $50,000
Elon Musk says it will be a high-volume vehicle for the masses.
Tesla wants to sell its all-electric pickup truck for less than $50,000.
Company CEO Elon Musk provided more details about the project in a Ride the Lightning podcast, pointing out that the pickup will be a critical high-volume vehicle for the company.
“We don’t want it to be really expensive,” he said. “It’s got to be like $49,000 starting price max. Ideally less. It just can’t be unaffordable.”
A price point of less than $50,000 would put the he Tesla truck right in the heart of the full-size truck market and make it affordable than Rivian’s electric truck, which is expected to start at just under $70,000 when it goes on sale in 2020. Rivian’s truck is designed especially to excel off-road, unlike the Tesla.
But even at less than $50,000, Tesla’s pickup would still cost more than the average price of approximately $37,000 paid for a pickup in America.
How likely are you to buy one at that price point?