Rolls-Royce hopes that this aircraft, which can go over 300 miles per hour, becomes the fastest all-electric aircraft ever.
Rolls Royce has joined the race to make the fastest all-electric aircraft ever.
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British engineering company Rolls-Royce gave a first look at a one-seater electric aircraft that it hopes will fly in late Spring next year and become the world’s fastest all-electric aircraft. Growing concerns about climate change plus the recent spread of the “flight-shaming” movement on social media, and a promise by the aviation industry to cut carbon emissions, has made airlines hungry for progress on electric flying technology. Aviation accounts for over 2 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions and passenger numbers are growing but zero-carbon, long-distance planes carrying hundreds of people are still decades away, aviation experts say.
Rolls-Royce unveiled the electric plane, which it is building with partners YASA and Electroflight and others and which will target speed of over 300 miles per hour, at a hangar in Gloucestershire, western England. The white plane has blue trim and a bulging neck where its electric motor technology sits behind a propeller on its pointed nose.