A race between an airliner and an electric car was the unlikely duel that Australian airline Qantas organized a few days ago. The confrontation between a Boeing 737 and a Tesla S was held on the 1.9 mile (three kilometres) runway at Avalon Airport, southwest of Melbourne, Australia.
The two adversaries faced up as follows. On the one hand, a twin CFM56 turbofan jet engined, American-made 168-seater commercial aircraft, capable of 530 mph (850 km/h). On the other, the 5-seater Tesla S P90D electric car, developed by another US manufacturer, Tesla Motors, with its top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h), thanks to its two electric motors and 90 kWh battery, and sub-3 seconds, 0 to 60 mph (0-100 km/h) acceleration. It is equivalent to a McLaren 650S but faster than a Porsche 911 Carrera 4S or a Ferrari Enzo.
Concerning autonomy, the car is clearly lowest at 310 miles (500 km), well below that of the Boeing’s 4,600 miles (7,400 k’s). However, on the down side, for the plane, count on around $ 96 million, whilst the Tesla S will set you back a paltry 138,000 euros; enough to make it attractive to Hollywood stars such as George Clooney and Leonardo DiCaprio.
On the occasion of a true American-style show, organized by the Californian company (founded 13 years ago), to present their new model, the Tesla S P90D’s little sister, the Model 3, at one quarter the price, also had some success, in picking up 276,000 pre-orders in just 48 hours.
However, the Australian airline and the automaker's interest in this race lay elsewhere, and was for both companies an original way to celebrate the beginning of their partnership. Qantas Airways will be responsible for transporting the American brand cars to Australia.
The airline who since 2012, has been working on the development of a biofuel, sees this collaboration as a way of promoting innovation and sustainability of the transport industry. With that in mind, they also intend to install charging stations in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide.