Qantas and Tesla raced a Boeing 737-800 against a Model S P90D in ludicrous mode on a runway at Avalon airport Southwest of Melbourne.
I drove a Tesla last summer at a Hyatt event. It was super cool, I loved it, but would never buy a $100,000 car even factoring tax breaks and savings on gas. (I also wouldn’t pre-commit to a cheaper model with a quarter million preorders, that’s too much demand outstripping supply and despite the price hard to imagine it’ll be a ‘good deal’.)
So how did the electric Model S do against a plane? The Tesla appears to win in the video. But the Boeing 737 takes off.
As cool as a Tesla is, it lacks a feature that was included in The Jetsons and the second model of the DeLorean time machine from Back to the Future: flight.
Nonetheless, the stunt highlights a new collaboration between Qantas and Tesla.
There’s actually a bit of substance here, not just an attention-grabbing video: Tesla Model S owners will receive Qantas Club membership and Qantas will offer electric power wall connectors at valet facilities in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide.
In addition, Tesla will “offset all the car maker’s domestic corporate travel emissions as part of Qantas’ Future Planet Program” although carbon offset programs are questionable — probabalistic environmental benefits at best, they sell indulgences at a profit while much of the money goes to overhead of the offset organizations themselves.