Rolls-Royce's electric airplane world's fastest, says company CEO
- Rolls-Royce's electric plane broke the previous record by 132 mph over nearly 2 miles
- Rolls-Royce CEO Warren East praised those involved in the project
- The company is committed to meeting net-zero carbon emissions by 2030
During a flight test, Rolls-Royce's electric aircraft topped 387 mph, making it the world's fastest, company CEO Warren East claimed. The aerospace and technology company, which is separate from Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, said that its plane broke the previous record by 132 mph over nearly 2 miles.
Rolls-Royce CEO Warren East praised those involved in the project.
"Staking the claim for the all-electric world-speed record is a fantastic achievement for the ACCEL team and Rolls-Royce," East said in a statement.
"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 decarbonize transport across air, land and sea."
Many other companies are now trying their hands at developing electric aircraft to convert airplanes to clean energy. Rolls-Royce first flew the plane in September. The company is committed to meeting net-zero carbon emissions by 2030.
The plane is powered by a more than 500 horsepower electric powertrain and propulsion battery pack. The auto company dubbed its technology as "the most power-dense" pack "ever assembled in aerospace."
For the project, Rolls-Royce joined hands with another company, Electroflight.
The company has also teamed up with startup tech company Electroflight to develop the aircraft.
“Its success is a fitting tribute to the dedication and innovation of the Electroflight team and our suppliers. Developing the propulsion and battery system, in collaboration with experienced program partners, has resulted in a world-class engineering capability that will lead the way towards the decarbonization of air travel," Youngman, Electroflight managing director said.
"Our next step is to adapt this pioneering technology so it can be applied across the wider aerospace industry to deliver a more sustainable way to fly,” he added.