Rolls-Royce “Spirit of Innovation” breaks the speed record for electric vehicles
Data was submitted to the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) – the World Air Sports Federation which controls and certifies aeronautical and astronautical records in the world – that at 3:45 p.m. (GMT) on November 16, 2021, the aircraft reached a top speed of 555.9 km / h (345.4 mph) over 3 kilometers, breaking the existing record of 213.04 km / h (132 mph).
In further tests at the UK Department of Defense’s Boscombe Down experimental aircraft test site, the aircraft reached 532.1 km / h (330 mph) over 15 kilometers – 292.8 km / h ( 182 mph) faster than the previous record – and broke the fastest time to climb to 3,000 meters in 60 seconds with a time of 202 seconds, according to our data.
The FAI has yet to certify and officially confirm the team’s accomplishments.
During its record runs, the plane reached a top speed of 623 km / h (387.4 mph) which we believe makes “Spirit of Innovation” the fastest all-electric vehicle in the world.
Warren East, CEO of Rolls-Royce, said: “Claiming the all-electric speed world record is a fantastic achievement for the Accelerating the Electrification of Flight (ACCEL) team and Rolls-Royce.
“I would like to thank our partners and in particular Electroflight for their collaboration in achieving this pioneering breakthrough. The advanced battery and propulsion technology developed for this program has exciting applications for the advanced air mobility market.
“Following the global attention to the need for action at COP26, this is another important step that will help make ‘jet zero’ a reality and support our ambitions to achieve technological breakthroughs including society needs to decarbonize air, land and sea transport. “
Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said: “Rolls-Royce’s revolutionary Spirit of Innovation aircraft is further proof of the UK’s enviable benchmarks in innovation.
“This record will show the potential of electric flight and help unlock technologies that could integrate it into everyday life.”
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