Posted: Mon, Nov 22, 2021 – 10:00 PM | Last Updated: Monday, November 22, 2021 – 10:00 pm
Rolls-Royce, the British aircraft engine maker, has announced that it has developed “the world’s fastest electric aircraft”.
The aircraft – known as the Spirit of Innovation – reached a top speed of 623 km / h, which Rolls-Royce claims is “the world’s fastest all-electric vehicle”.
According to CNN Arabia, Rolls-Royce said in a statement that its Spirit of Innovation flew a total of three world records, including a top speed of 345.4 mph on November 16 at a distance of 1.86 mph.
The plane reached a top speed of 3000 meters in 202 seconds, the company said.
The plane flew at a speed of 9.32 miles per hour in Wiltshire at the British Defense Ministry’s military test site at a speed of 300 miles per hour, which was 182 miles faster than the previous record.
These figures have been submitted to the International Federation of Athletics Federations (FIA) for verification.
The aircraft is part of the Accelerated Aviation Electrification (ACCEL) project funded by the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI), the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and the UK’s Innovation Agency.
The aircraft is powered by a 400 kW electric motor and, according to Rolls Royce, uses the most powerful propulsion battery pack ever assembled in space.
“It’s the highlight of my career and a fantastic achievement for the team as a whole,” said Rolls-Royce pilot pilot and director Bill Odell.
“Achieving the global electric speed record is a significant achievement for the ACCEL project team and Rolls-Royce,” said CEO Warren East.
The East added, “After the world’s focus on the need for action during COP26, this is another achievement that will help make the JetZero initiative a reality and support our ambitions to provide society with the technological advances needed to decorbonize transportation by air, land and sea.”
The aircraft will “help open up technologies that will demonstrate the capability of the electric aircraft and make it a part of everyday life,” said British Commerce Secretary Quasi-Quarting.
“The government is proud to support such projects to utilize the private investment needed to open clean, green aircraft, which will allow people to fly as they do now, but reduce emissions,” Quarting added.
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