Tesla Model X Exceeds Towing Limit, Pulls Volvo Semi In The Snow

Despite some very slippery conditions, this Tesla Model X managed to pull a struggling Volvo semi truck up a hill in Raleigh, North Carolina.

One reason why it looks as though it’s having a hard time is the snow. If the road was dry and there wasn’t an incline, that Model X would have probably done a cleaner and better pull.

If you think it wouldn’t, just remember that a Touareg V10 TDI once pulled a Boeing 747, and that a Cayenne S Diesel once towed a 285 tonne (628,317 lbs) Airbus A380.

On paper, the towing limit for the Model X is roughly 5,000 lbs (2,2 tonnes), but it’s safe to assume that the all-electric SUV can easily exceed that number over short distances – especially when fitted with the correct weather tires to improve grip.

When asked how far the Tesla had to tow the semi, the person who posted the video stated that it was “up the whole hill,” and confirmed that there “really wasn’t much stress on the car at all.” To be fair, the Volvo semi was doing its part to help itself, constantly searching for grip.


  • Hamster

    Feels Sorry for that Tesla… so painful to watch…

    • Bo Hanan

      Yeah but the transmission problems he will have later will make up for it.

      • willhaven

        What transmission? It’s basically just a reduction gear.

        • Bo Hanan

          NO car should be pulling something that heavy. And this Tesla has a towing capacity of 3500 to 5000 pounds. Sometimes you just have to say: “do you have AAA?”

          • benT

            AAA batteries !

      • BlackPegasus

        Tesla(s) are said to have just 17-20 moving parts. ICE automobiles have hundreds of moving parts. My money is on the Tesla for the win.

        • Dennis James

          It has 7104 (plus or minus) separate Li-Ion cells in its battery, getting stressed every day. Do not mistake “moving part” for “stress” and “wear”.

    • Jason Miller

      I’d bet that there’s far less stress put on this car than there would be on one with a traditional powertrain. Plus the tires are still slipping.

      • Stigasawuswrecks

        The worst that could happen is that the electric motors would burn out.

  • Warranty Void?

    That’s got to void the Tesla warranty. I don’t know that I would ever purchase a used Tesla given the stupid things Tesla owners’ do with their vehicles.

  • Sébastien

    I bet the biggest stress was on the chassis, not the powertrain

  • nastinupe

    Well the Semi was also spinning it’s tires as well so it wasn’t that much stress. Just the additional power required to move the vehicle.


    I’ve seen a Hummer H2 do the same. I’m not impressed.

  • Bash

    Yeah, and the F-150 (ecoboost) can pull a 727! also the RAM and the Chevy done that too, and the VW Touareg TDI did that way before with a much heavier 747, so I’m not impressed at all.

  • Rich Money

    this. is. amazing.

  • john1168

    Big off the line torque, all wheel drive and I was going to say a good set of snow tires but the Tesla looks like it’s sliding around a lot too. Maybe just all season tires? Also, I’d be curious to know if the semi had a load or was empty.

    • GeoSnipes

      Why do you think snow tyres won’t slip?

  • Juan Alvarez

    Next time try a Subaru.

    • Knetter

      subarus are terrible these days; their popularity is their down fall, quality has gone to shit.

  • jsz00

    Can we please stop with any “viral” Tesla and Elon videos… please…

    • LWOAP

      They can’t. They need these juicy clicks.

  • WHY?

  • karmat

    Publicity stunt.

  • Tostik

    I’ve seen a video of a Volvo car pulling a Volvo semi, like this, in the snow.

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