Elon Musk shows off Tesla pulling a 113,398-kilo load

The Model X also beat a Chevy Camaro in a tug-of-war

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 28 March, 2018, 12:15pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 28 March, 2018, 12:21pm

By Catherine Clifford

Elon Musk posted a video on Twitter of a Tesla Model X pulling what he says is a 250,000-pound (113,398-kilo) load.

The tweet was in response to a question about the limit a Tesla can drag.

Musk had just shared post by the electric vehicle site showing a Tesla pulling 95,000 pounds (43,091 kilos).

He had also recently shared a story from the aficionado site Teslarati showing a Tesla Model X beating out a Chevy Camaro in a tug-of-war challenge. In this sort of challenge, the two vehicles tie themselves to each other back to back and both accelerate, trying to overcome the other car with force.

To be clear, none of these stunts are recommended.

According to the Model X’s owner’s manual, the car has a maximum towing capacity of just 4,960 pounds (2,249 kilos), depending on the tyres.

And exceeding the limit comes with a dire warning: “Warning: Do not overload the vehicle or trailer. Doing so can cause poor performance, vehicle damage and loss of vehicle control, resulting in serious injury or death,” reads the manual says on page 77.

Musk posted the tweet with a video of a Tesla towing what he claims to be 125 tonnes on March 22, the day after Tesla shareholders approved an unprecedented multibillion-dollar compensation package for the CEO.

The compensation plan gives Musk a reported US$2.6 billion to more than US$55 billion in stock options via 12 tranches, or portions, which vest as Tesla reaches various performance milestones over 10 years.

For the first tranche of stock option to vest, Tesla has to reach a market cap of US$100 billion. Each additional US$50 billion in market value Tesla ads, Musk receives another tranche. So for the entire package to vest, Tesla has to hit a market capitalisation of US$650 billion. If that happens, Musk will earn up to US$55.8 billion in stock and awards.

Currently, Tesla’s market capitalisation is US$50 billion.

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