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Rolls-Royce’s all-electric plane beats speed records

16:35, 22 November 2021
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Rolls-Royce has rolled out its innovation and this is not a car - it is a plane that has been officially confirmed by Federation Aeronautique Internationale to be the fastest all-electric aircraft to date.


The ‘Spirit of Innovation’ plane has reached the maximum velocity at 387,4mph (622kph) thus breaking the previous record by 132mph (212kph). It took 9,3 (15km) miles for the plane to reach the speed of 330mph again faster than the previously registered record. 

Moreover, the plane broke the record of the time required to get to an altitude of 3,000 meters. It reached such an altitude within 202 seconds which is by 60 seconds faster than the previous record.

CEO of Rolls-Royce Warren East said: “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 ambition to deliver the technology breakthroughs society needs to decarbonize transport across air, land, and sea.”

The aircraft was tested at the UK’s aircraft testing area at Boscombe Down and was operated by Phil O’Dell who works in Rolls-Royce as the company’s Director of Flight Operations.

The aircraft gains power from a 400kW electric powertrain and from a power-dense propulsion battery pack with 6,480 cells in it which is enough to power up to 7,500 smartphones and its propellers can reach 2,200 rotations-per-minute.