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Rolls-Royce to build all-electric aircraft

Posted 8 January 2019 · Add Comment

Rolls-Royce has taken on the challenge to build the world’s fastest all-electric aircraft.

 

This zero-emissions plane is expected to make a run for the record books with a target speed of 300+ MPH (480+ KMH), with a range of over 200miles : (London to Paris, Nairobi to Mombasa or Johannesburg to Durban)

It has the most powerful battery ever flown.  Three lightweight e-motors.  Generating 750kW, enough power to fuel 250 homes, and 1,000 horsepower which is roughly the equivalent of a F1 race car (but without the emissions).

Rolls-Royce will make history when this first fully electric aircraft with a wingspan of 24ft takes to the skies in 2020 after 24 months of development.

As part of Rolls-Royce’s strategy to champion electrification, the “Accelerating the Electrifcation of Flight” project ACCEL is Rolls-Royce's initiative to build, test, and commercialise a specially designed aircraft powered entirely by megawatts.  

Rolls-Royce and its partners, ElectroFlight and YASA, intend the single-passenger aircraft to break a series of speed, performance, and development records. ACCEL’s overarching mission is to develop the requisite technology and supply chain knowledge to spur development of future aircraft concepts.

“ACCEL is nothing less than a revolutionary step change in aviation,” said Matheu Parr, manager of the ACCEL project for Rolls-Royce. “This plane will be powered by a state-of-the-art electrical system and the most powerful battery ever built for flight. In the year ahead, we’re going to demonstrate its abilities in demanding test environments before going for gold in 2020 from a landing strip on the Welsh coastline.”

The current record for an all-electric plane, set by Siemens in 2017, is 210 mph. 

To break the record Rolls-Royce will require overcoming a series of unique challenges. They’ll need to build an immense battery that’s powerful enough to beat a series of speed and performance records, light enough to fly, and stable enough not to overheat.

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