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Rolls-Royce says its prototype electric plane has managed to become the fastest electric vehicle in the world


‘Spirit of Innovation’ is the name of the fully electric aircraft that has been manufactured by Rolls Royce, a division of the legendary English brand that is dedicated to manufacturing aviation engines. If in September we saw it fly for the first time, now the company announces quite a milestone: have reached 623 km / h in their latest tests, making it the fastest electric vehicle in the world.

This is an experimental plane, with a single propeller and a fairly classic design. Nevertheless, inside it houses an advanced 400 kW electric motor powered by 6,000 battery cells. A battery that, according to Rolls-Royce itself, is the densest in the world and is what has allowed it to reach this top speed.

Destroying the previous record

When it was officially presented, the ‘Spirit of Innovation’ promised to reach about 480 kilometers per hour, but in their new tests they have managed to beat this figure by far. The result seems to have even surprised those responsible, who are going to send the figures of your tests to the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) to certify the record.

On November 16, the Rolls-Royce electric aircraft reached a maximum speed of 555.9 km / h for about three kilometers, surpassing its previous record of 213 km / h. In other tests it was possible to reach 532.1 km / h for 15 kilometers. In that specific test they also claim that they achieved climb 3,000 meters in 202 seconds, 60 seconds less than the official record.

Rolls Royce Avion Electrico 3

As a peak during those tests, the ‘Spirit of Innovation’ would have reached 623 km / h, making it the fastest electric vehicle and surpassing the Venturi Buckeye Bullet 3, an electric rocket “car” that reached 576 km / h in 2016.

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The electric plane is part of the project ‘Accelerating the Electrification of Flight‘, funded by the UK government and the’ Aerospace Technology Institute ‘. In spite of everything, the plane is only a prototype and Rolls-Royce has no intention of producing electric airplanes. This vehicle is to showcase the capabilities of its electric aircraft engines.

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