Rolls-Royce ‘Spirit of Innovation’, an electric aircraft has claimed three new world records and clocked up a top speed of 387.4mph, which makes it the world’s fastest all-electric vehicle.
Rolls Royce in its Press Release said that at 15:45 (GMT) on 16 November 2021, the aircraft reached a top speed of 555.9 km/h (345.4 mph) over 3 kilometers, smashing the existing record by 213.04 km/h (132mph). In further runs at the UK Ministry of Defense’s Boscombe Down experimental aircraft testing site, the aircraft achieved 532.1km/h (330 mph) over 15 kilometers, 292.8km/h (182mph) faster than the previous record, and broke the fastest time to climb to 3000 meters by 60 seconds with a time of 202 seconds, according to our data.
Our #SpiritofInnovation aircraft has flown faster than any other all-electric aircraft in history!
— Rolls-Royce (@RollsRoyce) November 19, 2021
Rolls Royce claims that “During its record-breaking runs, the aircraft clocked up a maximum speed of 623 km/h (387.4 mph) which we believe makes the ‘Spirit of Innovation’ the world’s fastest all-electric vehicle”.
Rolls-Royce CEO Warren East said: “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 decarbonize transport across air, land, and sea.”
Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said: “Rolls-Royce’s Revolutionary Spirit of Innovation aircraft is yet more proof of the UK’s enviable credentials when it comes to innovation. This record will show the potential of electric flight and help to unlock the technologies that could make it part of everyday life.”
The ‘Spirit of Innovation’ is part of the ACCEL or ‘Accelerating the Electrification of Flight’ project. Half of the project’s funding is provided by the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI), in partnership with the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, and Innovate UK.