The all-electric Rolls-Royce ‘Spirit of Innovation’ plane has formally turn into the world’s quickest all-electric plane, having set three new world information. The plane reached a high pace of 555.9 km/h (345.4 mph) over 3 kilometres, smashing the prevailing report by 213.04 km/h (132mph). In additional runs on the UK Ministry of Defence’s Boscombe Down experimental plane testing website, the plane achieved 532.1km/h (330 mph) over 15 kilometres and likewise broke the quickest time to climb to 3000 metres by 60 seconds with a time of 202 seconds.
During its record-breaking runs, the plane clocked up a most high pace of 623km/h (387.4mph) making it the world’s quickest all-electric automobile. The information have been formally verified by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) – the World Air Sports Federation who management and certify world aeronautical and astronautical information. The ‘Spirit of Innovation’ is a part of the ACCEL or ‘Accelerating the Electrification of Flight’ undertaking funded by Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI), in partnership with the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and Innovate UK.
The plane was propelled by 400kW (500+hp) electrical powertrain and probably the most power-dense propulsion battery pack ever assembled in aerospace by aviation vitality storage specialist Electroflight and automotive powertrain provider YASA. The pace achieved by check pilot and Rolls-Royce Director of Flight Operations Phill O’Dell within the ‘Spirit of Innovation’ was greater than 213.04 km/h (132 mph) quicker than the earlier report set by the Siemens eAircraft powered Extra 330 LE Aerobatic plane in 2017.
Warren East, CEO, Rolls-Royce, stated: “Achieving the all-electric world-speed record is a fantastic achievement for the ACCEL team and Rolls-Royce. I would like to thank our partners and especially Electroflight for their collaboration in achieving this pioneering breakthrough. The advanced battery and propulsion technology developed for this programme has exciting applications for the Advanced Air Mobility market. Following the world’s focus on the need for action at COP26, this is another milestone that will help make ‘jet zero’ a reality and supports our ambitions to deliver the technology breakthroughs society needs to decarbonise transport across air, land and sea.”
Phill O’Dell stated: “Breaking the world-record for all-electric flight is a momentous occasion. This is the highlight of my career and is an incredible achievement for whole team. The opportunity to be at the forefront of another pioneering chapter of Rolls-Royce’s story as we look to deliver the future of aviation is what dreams are made of.”