All-Electric Plane Sets New Speed Record

By Meera Dolasia on June 24, 2009

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While electric cars have become mainstream and affordable, electric airplanes are just getting started. However, with airplanes being the world's biggest emitters of Carbon Dioxide, the quest for an all-electric plane is being pursued in earnest.

The biggest problem in developing electrical engines for airplanes is finding a source of power that can travel at a rapid speed for long periods of time, without needing to recharge.

Earlier this week, SkySpark, an all-electric plane powered by a 75KW electric motor and lithium batteries, made history by reaching a top speed of 155mph (250km/h). The plane flown by European Astronaut Maurizio Cheli took off from Turin, italy and stayed in the air for a total of eight minutes.

While that may seem really slow compared to a normal aircraft, it was considered a huge leap forward for electric planes.

The flight was part of the series of tests in preparation for the next challenge -  retrofitting the engine with hydrogen-fuel cells, which may be able to go at faster speeds and travel longer distances.

While we may be years away from an all-electric commercial airline, it is exciting that we are moving in the right direction.

Sources:gas2.org,treehugger.com,greendiary.com

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  • colemathis
    colemathis12/13/2013
    i loves planes
    • tankman5
      tankman54/12/2013
      i love planes
      • bhjsd 2/20/2013
        its boring and i cant wait for it to run out of batterie power so someone can crash
        • nick9/10/2012
          where is the article based from i like the plane but i cannt use for current event without place.
          • sahib
            sahib7/3/2012
            i wonder what happens when the battery runs out...
            • Johnathan5/16/2012
              Amazing!
              • lola1/17/2012
                I found this article very interesting! Wow!
                • RW11/9/2011
                  IM TOTALY USIN THIS FOR MY CURRENT EVENT
                  • mia7/27/2011
                    i loveeeeeeeee it soo much but it needs more sizzle
                    • noah7/27/2011
                      thats cool

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