Rolls-Royce has this month blazoned it has officially created the world’s fastest all-electric vehicle in the form of the Spirit of Innovation electric aeroplane. The aircraft has set a new record for the world’s swift each-electric aircraft reaching a top speed of 623 km/ h or387.4 mph.
The ‘Spirit of Innovation’ electric aircraft is part of the ACCEL or ‘Accelerating the Electrification of Flight’ design. Half of the design’s backing is handed by the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI), in cooperation with the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and Introduce UK.
Rolls-Royce Electric Aircraft
“We've submitted data to the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) – the World Air Sports Federation who control and certify world aeronautical and astrophysical records – that at 1545 (GMT) on 16 November 2021, the aircraft reached a top speed of555.9 km/ h (345.4 mph) over 3 kilometres, smashing the being record by213.04 km/ h (132mph).
In farther runs at the UK Ministry of Defence’s Boscombe Down experimental aircraft testing point, the aircraft achieved532.1 km/ h (330 mph) over 15 kilometres –292.8 km/ h (182mph) faster than the former record – and broke the fastest time to climb to 3000 metres by 60 seconds with a time of 202 seconds, according to our data. We hope that the FAI will certify and officially confirm the achievements of the platoon in the near future.”
Warren East, CEO, Rolls-Royce:
“Staking the claim for 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 Electro flight 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.”