The Tesla Model X is the first all-electric vehicle with a significant towing capacity. We have seen it tow boats, trailers, and even other cars, but a Model X owner in the Netherlands is pushing it a step further by launching a glider with it.
They were actually not the first to achieve a truly zero emission flight and launch since Siemens managed to launch and tow a glider with their all-electric plane prototype earlier this year.
Nonetheless, it’s an interesting use of the Model X.
They produced an admittedly “unprofessional video” of the launch, but we get to see it from the perspective of inside the Model X. They wrote in the description:
“This is not a professional video, but one of our flyer, Jonas Schwengler (thanks, Jonas!), documented the start from the back seat of the Tesla. Interestingly, the acceleration was strong and completely even on uneven and slightly damp grass. The aircraft is an ASK-21 double seat. Pro start with a 370m rope at 250-320m depending on the wind you need about 3% of the battery charge.”
Here’s the clip (the action starts about two minutes in):
As we previously reported, when configured with 22″ wheels, the Model X can tow 3,500 pounds and when configured with 20″ wheels, the towing capacity of the SUV increases to 5,000 pounds, according to Tesla.
Of course, like with any vehicle, towing will affect the range of the Model X. Last year, Bowlus performed some tests with its 2,300 pounds Road Chief trailer showing that the Model X P90D retains about 70% of its 250-mile EPA-rated range while towing the trailer at a moderate highway cruising speed of 50 to 55 mph.