Rolls-Royce is set to achieve ‘fastest’ all-electric aircraft: On their journey towards developing the world’s fastest all-electric plane they have successfully completed the taxiing of the ‘Spirit of Innovation’ aircraft achieving a new milestone by Rolls-Royce.

Propelled by 400kW, or 500hp, electric powertrain and the latest energy storage technology developed to set world record speeds, for the first time the Rolls-Royce plane has powered along a runway.

An actual flight-testing has been planned for spring, however before this the taxiing of the plane is the most critical test of the integration of aircraft propulsion system.

The combination of the electrical powertrain and advance battery system will power the aircraft to more than 300mph when at full power, this is a new world speed record for electric flights.

Key partners within the Accelerating the Electrification of Flight (ACCEL) include YASA, the controller manufacturer, the electric motor and aviation start-up Electroflight.

“Electrification of flight is an important part of our sustainability strategy as we aim for net zero carbon by 2050. Taxiing of the ‘Spirit of Innovation’ is an incredible milestone for the ACCEL team as we progress to first flight and the world-record attempt later this year.” said Rob Watson, Director – Rolls-Royce Electrical

“For the first time, the plane propelled itself forward using the power from an advanced battery and propulsion system that is ground-breaking in terms of electrical technology. This system and the capabilities being developed will help position Rolls-Royce as a technology leader offering power systems to the Urban Air Mobility market.”

In partnership with the Department for Buisness, Energy & Industrial Statergy and Innovate UK, Aerospace Technology Institute  (ATI) is providing half of the project’s funding.

“The taxiing of Rolls-Royce’s ‘Spirit of Innovation’ forms part of an exciting new chapter in aviation as we move towards its first flight in the spring. Set to be the world’s fastest electric plane, this pioneering aircraft highlights the value of close collaboration between industry and government.” added Business Minister Paul Scully.

“The UK is committed to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050. Through government grants for research and development, we’re championing innovation in the aerospace sector to meet this ambitious target as we build back greener from the pandemic.”

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