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Is this the world's fastest electric plane? – Stuff.co.nz

Rolls-Royce says it has broken the record for the fastest all-electric aircraft.
The plane, called ‘Spirit of Innovation’, hit a top speed of 623kmh during test runs at Boscombe Down in the UK last week.
The company says the aircraft also reached a top speed of 555.9kmh over three kilometres, beating the existing record by 213kmh. It also achieved 532.1kmh over 15km – nearly 300kmh faster than the previous record. It also broke the record of the fastest time to climb to 3000 metres by 60 seconds with a time of 202 seconds.
All the data has been submitted to the World Air Sports Federation who control and certify world aeronautical and astronautical records.
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Rolls-Royce CEO Warren East says it is a “fantastic achievement”.
“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 decarbonise transport across air, land and sea,” said East.
Rolls-Royce said the aircraft was propelled by a 400kW (500+hp) electric powertrain and the most power-dense propulsion battery pack ever assembled in aerospace.
Phill O’Dell, who piloted the aircraft, called it the highlight of his career.
“The opportunity to be at the forefront of another pioneering chapter of Rolls-Royce’s story as we look to deliver the future of aviation is what dreams are made of.”
Earlier this month, New Zealand’s first electric powered aircraft took off from Omaka airfield in Blenheim and headed across the Cook Strait.
The two-seater Pipistrel Alpha Electro completed the world’s longest flight to date over open water by a pure electric plane.
Sounds Air expects to be flying passengers across Cook Strait in electric planes by 2026. The Marlborough-based airline is aiming to become the first in Australasia to offer customers zero emission air travel.
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