Rolls-Royce has taken on the challenge to build the world’s fastest all-electric aircraft.
This zero-emissions plane is expected to make a run for the record books with a target speed of 300+ MPH (480+ KMH), with a range of over 200miles : (London to Paris, Nairobi to Mombasa or Johannesburg to Durban)
It has the most powerful battery ever flown. Three lightweight e-motors. Generating
750kW, enough power to fuel 250 homes, and 1,000 horsepower which is
roughly the equivalent of a F1 race car (but without the emissions).
Rolls-Royce will make history when this first fully electric aircraft with a wingspan of 24ft takes to the skies in 2020 after 24 months of development.
As part of Rolls-Royce’s strategy to champion
electrification, the “Accelerating the Electrifcation of Flight” project
ACCEL is Rolls-Royce’s initiative to build, test, and commercialise a
specially designed aircraft powered entirely by megawatts.
Rolls-Royce and its partners, ElectroFlight and YASA, intend the single-passenger aircraft to break a series of speed, performance, and development records. ACCEL’s overarching mission is to develop the requisite technology and supply chain knowledge to spur development of future aircraft concepts.
“ACCEL is nothing less than a revolutionary step
change in aviation,” said Matheu Parr, manager of the ACCEL project for
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.”
The current record for an all-electric plane, set by Siemens in 2017, is 210 mph.
To break the record Rolls-Royce will require overcoming a series of unique challenges. They’ll need to build an immense battery that’s powerful enough to beat a series of speed and performance records, light enough to fly, and stable enough not to overheat.