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 “.
The aircraft uses a 400 kW electric powertrain and the most powerful propulsion battery ever built in aerospace, according to Rolls-Royce.
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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 hit top speed, said “this is the highlight of my career and it is an incredible achievement for all of us. ‘team”.
âClaiming the all-electric speed world record is a fantastic achievement for the ACCEL team and Rolls-Royce,â said company CEO Warren East.
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 investment 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.