Qantas plane weighing 130 tonnes gets towed by Tesla

If you had any doubts about the power of electric cars, then be prepared to be amazed.

This week a Tesla Model X P100D towed a Qantas Boeing 787 Dreamliner weighing 130 tonnes.

The electric vehicle with a tow rated capacity of 2.5 tonnes pulled the airplane 300 metres, just enough to claim the Guinness world record.

The airline pulled the stunt to highlight its commitment to greenhouse gas reduction.

The aircraft had been emptied of fuel and had no passengers on-board, to make it lighter.

It's the latest battle between the two brands. Two years ago a Tesla raced a Qantas 737 down 3km of runway.

Although the car gained an early advantage and reached a top speed of 250km/h, the Boeing 737 not only matched that speed, but took off just as the Tesla was slowing down.

Last year a Porsche Cayenne managed to tow an Airbus A380 a distance of 42 metres.