Rolls-Royce is a name that is arguably synonymous with cars.
Pretty snazzy cars, to be exact.
While we’re pretty familiar with Rolls-Royce vehicles, I would imagine most of us haven’t heard of an aircraft from the company.
That is, we likely haven’t heard of it until now.
Rolls-Royce has “unveiled its first all-electric plane—and they are aiming for it to be the fastest sustainable aircraft in the world,” says an article from The Good News Network.
Presenting the aircraft at Gloucestershire Airport in Staverton, England, Rolls-Royce “will now begin work on integrating the groundbreaking electrical propulsion system to enable the zero-emissions plane to make a run for the record books … the plane will be targeting a speed of more than 300 miles per hour (480 kilometres per hour) in order to break the record when it deploys in the spring,” the article explains.
Part of an initiative referred to as Accelerating the Electrification of Flight (ACCEL), the aircraft is a crucial component of Rolls-Royce’s innovative strategy to lead in electrification.
So, what exactly does this aircraft have to offer?
“The ACCEL project plane will have the most power-dense battery pack ever assembled for an aircraft, providing enough energy to fuel 250 homes or fly 200 miles on a single charge. Its 6,000 cells are packaged to minimize weight and maximize thermal protection. Furthermore, an advanced cooling system ensures optimum performance by directly cooling the battery cells during the high-power record runs,” the article says.
I certainly didn’t fathom seeing an aircraft from Rolls-Royce in my day, but here we are. And, since my knowledge of aircraft and aviation, in general, is quite limited, I think I’ll leave it to Rob Watson, the company’s electrical director, who is quoted in the article to say it best.
“’ Building the world’s fastest all-electric aircraft is nothing less than a revolutionary step change in aviation.'”
I think I have to agree with Mr. Watson on this one.
Image from https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/rolls-royce-unveils-all-electric-aircraft/, originally from SWNS.