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Rolls-Royce wants to build the world’s fastest all-electric aircraft

08 January 2019

The zero-emissions plane is expected to make a run for the record books in 2020 with a target speed of 300 mph and quite likely more!

Rolls-Royce wants to build the world’s fastest all-electric aircraft (Credit: Rolls Royce)

Rolls-Royce is leading a research project known as Accelerating the Electrification of Flight (ACCEL) to explore the use of a high power electrical system in a demonstrator aircraft. Partly funded by the Government, Rolls Royce is working with YASA (UK), a manufacturer of high-power, light weight electric motors and controllers used in automotive, aerospace and industrial applications. Drawing on Rolls-Royce’s expertise in aviation design and safety, the project aims to flight test the system to gain a detailed understanding of the potential for electric flight. Rolls-Royce will be supported by Electroflight Ltd (UK), specialists in high performance electric powertrains including energy storage systems.

As part of this initiative, Rolls Royce is building a high-performance electric aeroplane unlike anything the world has ever seen. It’s scheduled to take to the skies over Great Britain in 2020, the aircraft will reach a speed of 300mph – and quite likely more – making it the fastest all-electric plane in history.

A detailed view of the ACCEL plane (Credit: 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,” says Matheu Parr, ACCEL Project Manager for Rolls-Royce.

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