Rolls-Royce electric plane makes its maiden flight
Rolls-Royce electric plane makes its maiden flight

Rolls-Royce's aircraft, best known in aviation for its all-electric jet engines, has completed its maiden flight in the United Kingdom.

The company said the innovative spirit took a 15-minute flight to the Department of Defense's Boscombe Down Aircraft Proving Ground in Wiltshire, marking the start of an extensive flight test phase during which we collected information about the aircraft's propulsion systems and performance data. .

The company said this single-seat plane has a high-powered battery assembled for each plane.

The aircraft uses 6000 batteries and a three-motor propulsion system that can currently provide 400 kilowatts (500 hp) of power.

Rolls-Royce reported that the plane eventually reached a speed of over 300 mph. The company is working hard to break the world record for a Siemens electric plane traveling at 210 mph in 2017 by improving the battery and propulsion system.

The flight took place about a year after the originally scheduled take-off and about six months after the air taxi test.

The company is also cooperating with the manufacturer Tecnam in the development of flying taxis. The goal is to provide a fully electric passenger aircraft to the passenger transport market. Prior to that, she worked with Siemens and Airbus to develop another electric aircraft concept.

Airlines have been dealing with electric planes for many years because air travel and freight will increase greenhouse gas emissions.

The World Wide Fund for Nature describes it as the most carbon-intensive activity that humans can do.

Compared to cars, the weight of aircraft is a bigger problem. Ford's all-electric Lightning truck weighs 815 kg more than a gasoline engine. Offers less than half of the range.

Rolls-Royce wants to build an all-electric passenger plane

If you add 815 kg to the Cessna 206 Turbo Stationair, it will carry more than 225 kg even before the passenger (or driver) is loaded. So he will not leave the earth.

Half of the project is being funded by the Institute of Space Technology in collaboration with the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and the UK Department for Innovation. The goal is to finally have a fully electric passenger aircraft thanks to the ACCEL (Accelerated Flight Electrification) program.

Although the company has not yet launched an electric car. But the company is very aircraft-centric and has a roadmap to net operating emissions by 2030. All products after 2050

Warren East, CEO of the company, said that the project not only broke a world record, but the advanced batteries and propulsion technologies developed for the project have exciting applications in the urban aviation market.

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