Rolls-Royce built the fastest aircraft with an electric motorDecember 24, 2019
The British automaker decided to try his hand at aviation and created a single-seat aircraft with an electric power plant.
The aircraft, called ionBird, is a test prototype of a project to develop a high-speed aircraft with zero emissions of carbon dioxide. The first production instance will be tested in May 2020 during a flight from London to Paris with a record speed for an electric airplane of 480 km / h.
Rolls-Royce ionBird is a classic low-wing aerodynamic design. The three-blade propeller in the front is driven by three electric motors, the total output of which is about 500 hp. The screw rotates at a lower speed than on airplanes with an internal combustion engine, which gives less noise and vibration.
A battery of 6000 batteries is located in front of the pilot and is equipped with a highly efficient cooling system. According to the company, the efficiency of the units exceeds 90%.
In the development of the British help the electrical equipment manufacturer YASA and the newly formed company Electroflight. Moreover, 50% of the project financing is provided by government grants for research.
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