Rolls-Royce is leading a highly specialised challenge to build the world’s fastest all-electric aircraft in “Accelerating the Electrication of Flight” project (ACCEL)
This zero-emissions plane is expected to make a run for the record books with a target speed of 300+ MPH (480+ KMH).
Inside a hangar bay at the Gloucestershire airport in South West England, a team of engineers, designers, and data specialists recruited from across Rolls-Royce and beyond have set out to make history.
They’re building a high-performance electric aeroplane unlike anything the world has ever seen. Scheduled to take to the skies over Britain in 2020, the aircraft will reach a speed of 300 mph – and quite likely more – making it the fastest all-electric plane in history.
ACCEL has the most energy-dense battery pack ever assembled for an aircraft, providing enough power to fly 200 miles (London to Paris) on a single charge.Its 6,000 cells are packaged for maximum lightness and thermal protection.