Watch a Tesla employee use a Model X to pull a semitruck up a hill in the snow

TeslaWhile Tesla owners give their cars high marks, the company continues to struggle with production.
  • A Tesla employee on Wednesday used a Model X to pull a semitrailer out of the snow in Raleigh, North Carolina.
  • A Facebook comment attached to a video of the feat indicated that the Model X didn’t have much trouble with the task, and another said it did, in fact, pull the vehicle up the hill.
  • It’s unclear, however, whether this was a publicity stunt.

While the release of Tesla’s electric big-rig, the Semi, is still a few years away, the company’s Model X electric SUV on Wednesday showed off the kind of power you’d expect from a much larger vehicle.

In the wake of the bomb cyclone that has brought frigid temperatures to the East Coast, a Model X appeared to pull a semitrailer out of the snow in Raleigh, North Carolina.

The driver, Ben Spreen, said in a Facebook comment attached to the video that the SUV didn’t have much trouble performing the task. But a LinkedIn profile showed that Spreen is a Tesla customer-experience employee, so it’s possible this could have been a staged stunt.

“No power limited at all,” Spreen wrote. “That really wasn’t hard on the car. I’ve driven it much harder without heat-soaking.”

In another comment, Spreen said the Model X pulled the vehicle up a hill.

While Tesla’s cars have gotten high marks from their owners, the company is having trouble producing its first mass-market electric car, the Model 3. On Wednesday, the company announced it didn’t come close to reaching its 2017 production targets for the vehicle.

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