Rolls-Royce’s electric aircraft run 387 MPH to become the fastest electric vehicle

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Last week, Rolls-Royce took the all-electric ‘Spirit of Innovation’ aircraft out for a run and set what is currently the record for fastest electricpropelled vehicle on planet earth. The company says it has submitted three new world record attempts for verification to the World Air Sports Federation. On November 16, the aircraft reached a top speed of 345.4 mph over 3 kilometers, an average of 330 miles per hour over 15 kilometers, and the fastest climb to 3000 meters, which was achieved in 202 seconds. Each of these alleged records absolutely obliterated the standing record.

During the process of reaching these records, Spirit of Innovation achieved a recorded top speed of 387.4 miles per hour. Conveniently back in October, Team Vesco / Revolt Little Giant seta land speed record for electric vehicles of 353.87 miles per hour at Bonneville. That a car on salt is almost as fast as the world’s fastest electric airplane is absolutely wild to me. One would think that planes would be faster than them has less friction to overcome, and can run at higher altitudes where the air is thinner.

I hope this is only the beginning of the development of the electric aviation world, because I would really love to experience a future where I can fly a plane that does not emit a single gram of carbon dioxide. Even if it is only local travel in the foreseeable future, as it would be difficult to get enough energy for a transatlantic aboard, I would be incredibly excited.

Warren East, CEO, Rolls-Royce, said: “Betting on the all-electric world speed record requirement is a fantastic achievement for the ACCEL team and Rolls-Royce. I would like to thank our partners and especially Electroflight for their cooperation in Achieve this groundbreaking breakthrough. The advanced battery and propulsion technology developed for this program has exciting applications for the advanced air mobility market. Following the world’s focus on the need for action at COP26, this is another milestone that will help ‘ jet zero ‘to a reality and supports our ambitions to deliver the technological breakthroughs society needs to decarbonize air, land and sea transport. “

Rolls-Royce partnered with the automotive power supply supplier YASA and EV aircraft specialist Electroflight to make this record happen. The company says the engine that drives this project is a 500-horsepower unit with “the most powerful propulsion battery pack ever assembled in aerospace.” If humanity’s progress with electric cars over the last decade is any indication, this is only the beginning of something amazing. I do not even really like airplanes, but this is pretty cool.


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