Rolls-Royce claims to have developed the world’s fastest all-electric plane



By Sana Noor Haq, CNN

British aircraft engine maker Rolls-Royce said it had developed “the world’s fastest all-electric aircraft,” according to a company statement.

The aircraft – dubbed “the spirit of innovation” – reached a top speed of 387.4 mph (623 km / h) in flight, which Rolls-Royce says makes it “the most electric vehicle. fast to the world “.

Rolls-Royce said in a press release that Spirit of Innovation set three world records in total, including that of reaching 345.4 mph over 1.86 miles on November 16. The company also said the vehicle achieved the fastest time to climb 3,000 meters in one minute, with a time of 202 seconds.

The plane flew at 300 mph for 9.32 miles in Wiltshire at the UK Department of Defense military aircraft test site, 182 mph faster than the previous record, the statement said.

The figures have been presented to the world’s sports governing body, the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FIA) for verification.

Assembled as part of the Accelerating the Electrification of Flight (ACCEL) project and funded by the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI), the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and Innovate UK, the aircraft operates with an electric powertrain of 400 kW.

It also uses the most powerful propulsion battery ever built in the aerospace industry, according to Rolls-Royce.

Rolls-Royce test pilot and flight operations manager Phil O’Dell, who has hit top speed, said: “This is the highlight of my career and it is an incredible achievement for anyone. the team. “

“Claiming the all-electric speed world record is a fantastic achievement for the ACCEL team and Rolls-Royce,” said company CEO Warren East.

“Following the global attention paid to the need for action at COP26, this is another step that will help make ‘jet zero’ a reality and support our ambitions to achieve the technological advances that society needs to decarbonize air, land and sea transport. added.

UK Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said the aircraft “will show the potential of electric flight and help unlock technologies that could make it a part of everyday life.”

“The government is proud to support projects like this to leverage the private investments needed to unlock cleaner, greener planes that will allow people to fly the way they do now, but in a way that cuts emissions. Kwarteng added.

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