Historic automaker Rolls-Royce has publicly stated that it believes its Spirit of innovation The all-electric plane is the fastest electric vehicle in the world, after three new speed records. The flight data has been submitted to the FÃ©dÃ©ration AÃ©ronautique Internationale (FAI) in the hope that the organization will soon officially certify and confirm these world records.
Rolls-Royce Holdings is focused on aircraft and a roadmap to create net zero emissions in operations by 2030, followed by all products by 2050. Currently, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars’ umbrella remains l one of the largest engine aircraft manufacturers in the world.
Last summer we covered the Rolls-Royces Spirit of innovation, an all-electric aircraft created as part of the ACCEL program, which stands for “Accelerate the electrification of flight”.
In collaboration with electric motor maker YASA and aerospace startup Electroflight, this electric aircraft was designed from the ground up to break world records and bring zero-emission air travel closer to mass adoption.
Rolls-Royce has already claimed that the Spirit of innovationThe 400 kWh (500+ HP) electric powertrain is backed by “the most powerful battery ever assembled for an aircraft.” According to Spirit of innovation information sheet, it has 6,480 battery cells, enough power to charge 7,500 smartphones.
The company had previously shared a speed target for the electric aircraft to exceed 300 mph, in hopes of breaking the previous world record set by a Siemens electric aircraft that hit 210 mph in 2017.
In September, ElectrekMichelle Lewis reported that the Spirit of innovation had made its maiden flight in the UK, although Rolls-Royce did not share any speed data at the time.
The company has since made several more flights, sharing documented speeds that could very well make the plane the fastest electric vehicle in the world.
Spirit of innovation beats records, potentially fastest electric vehicle
In a recent press release, Rolls-Royce shared the flight data it submitted to the FAI for validation, and the numbers are staggering.
On November 16, Rolls-Royce claimed its Spirit of innovation The aircraft reached a top speed of 555.9 km / h (345.4 mph) over 3 km, beating the previous record of 213.04 km / h (132 mph).
During additional flights in the UK, the electric aircraft reached 532.1 km / h (330 mph) over 15 km, a new record with a deviation of 292.8 km / h (182 mph).
According to its data, Rolls-Royce also claims to have broken the record for the fastest climb to 3,000 meters in a full minute, with a time of 202 seconds in total. Rolls-Royce CEO Warren East spoke about the aerial achievements:
Claiming the all-electric speed world record is a fantastic achievement for the ACCEL team and Rolls-Royce. I would like to thank our partners and in particular Electroflight for their collaboration in achieving this pioneering breakthrough. The advanced battery and propulsion technology developed for this program has interesting applications for the advanced air mobility market. Following the global attention to the need for action at COP26, this is another step that will help make âjet zeroâ a reality and support our ambitions to achieve the technological advances that society has made. need to decarbonise air, land and sea transport.
In addition to the three records submitted to the FAI, Rolls-Royce also claims to have recorded its Spirit of innovation at a top speed of 623 km / h (387.4 mph) during one of its races. The company believes that this top speed is now worthy of the crown as “the world’s fastest electric vehicle”.
Rolls-Royce is still awaiting official recognition of its FAI-documented world record speeds. Nevertheless, the company plans to continue its work with the ACCEL project and Electroflight to offer more widespread low-carbon passenger flights in the future.
You can view some pictures of the Spirit of innovation break the world records below:
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