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Saturday, September 23, 2023

Rolls-Royce claims to have created the fastest electric aircraft in the world

Last week, the company’s Spirit of Innovation reached a high speed of 345 mph across a three-kilometer distance.

Rolls-Royce says to have developed the world’s fastest all-electric aircraft, which can achieve speeds of over 387 mph.

According to a press statement, the company’s Spirit of Innovation aircraft recently broke the record for the fastest all-electric plane by reaching a top speed of 345 mph over a distance of 3 kilometers.

In another test, the aircraft achieved 330 mph over 15 kilometers, beating the previous record. The plane also rose to 3,000 meters (9,842 feet) in 202 seconds, according to Rolls-Royce, which the company claims are a new record.

Rolls-Royce has submitted its data to be validated by officials.

In a statement, Warren East, the CEO of Rolls-Royce, said, “The enhanced battery and propulsion technology developed for this programme has fascinating potential for the Advanced Air Mobility sector.”

“This is another step that will help make ‘jet zero’ a reality and supports our objectives to provide the technology breakthroughs society needs to reduce carbon emissions transportation across air, land, and sea, following the world’s focus on the need for action at COP26.”

According to Rolls-Royce, the battery technology is similar to what would be required in the future for things like air taxis.

“This record will demonstrate the promise of electric flying and assist in unlocking the technology that might make it a part of everyday life,” said Kwasi Kwarteng, the UK’s business secretary.

“The government is happy to support projects like this, which will help unlock the private investment needed to unlock cleaner, greener aircraft, allowing people to fly as they do now while reducing emissions.”

While it may be sometime before your transatlantic travel is on an all-electric plane, the world’s first fully-electric commercial flight, a six-seater seaplane, took off from Vancouver in 2019.

Meanwhile, in recent years, major airlines have pledged to offset carbon emissions, and British Airways recently operated a carbon-neutral passenger aircraft from London to Glasgow.

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