Rolls Royce’s all-electric aircraft tops 387 mph, world’s fastest aircraft, company says


On Friday, Rolls Royce said that its electric aircraft had reached a speed of 623 kilometers per hour that translates to just above 387 miles per hour. This maximum speed reached by the aircraft makes it the “world’s fastest all-electric vehicle,” according to the company.

Rolls-Royce, which is different from Rolls-Royce Motors Cars owned by BMW, released a statement that said that it believed that its “Spirit of Innovation” was the “fastest all-electric aircraft” in the planet.

The firm said that it would submit three claims for world records. The following records will be submitted to the Federation Aeronautique Internationale:

The aircraft hit a top speed of 555.9 km/h over 3 km.
The aircraft reached 532.1 km/h across 15 km.
The aircraft climbed to 3,000 feet in 202 seconds.

Rolls-Royce claimed that the aircraft recorded a top speed of 623 kilometers per hour during these runs.

The electric aircraft called the “Spirit of Innovation” was built as a result of a project called ACCEL—Accelerating the Electrification of Flight. Major partners in the project include electric motor and controller specialist YASA, which is a fully owned subsidiary of Mercedes-Benz and Electroflight which is described as an aviation startup by Rolls-Royce.

The Aerospace Technology Institute in partnership with the U.K. government’s Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and Innovate U.K. has provided 50 percent of the funding.

Rolls-Royce says that its aircraft uses a 400-kilowatt electric powertrain as well as the “most power-dense propulsion battery” which has been assembled in aerospace.

The World Wildlife Fund has said that air travel os “the most carbon intensive activity an individual can make.” Companies have been trying to develop plans and concepts that could lead to low and zero-emission in the aviation industry.

The September flight by the all-electric “Spirit of Innovation” where it soared across the skies above the U.K. for around 15 minutes could be the first step forward to low or zero emissions in aviation

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