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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  • fssfsdfsdfThursday, December 18, 2014 at 4:29 pm
    so do I
    • colemathis
      colemathisFriday, December 13, 2013 at 6:31 am
      i loves planes
      • super_jeep
        super_jeepTuesday, May 13, 2014 at 9:12 am
        the movie?
      • tankman5
        tankman5Friday, April 12, 2013 at 11:50 am
        i love planes
        • bhjsd Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 10:08 am
          its boring and i cant wait for it to run out of batterie power so someone can crash
          • nickMonday, September 10, 2012 at 2:19 pm
            where is the article based from i like the plane but i cannt use for current event without place.
            • sahib
              sahibTuesday, July 3, 2012 at 5:31 am
              i wonder what happens when the battery runs out...
              • JohnathanWednesday, May 16, 2012 at 4:32 pm
                Amazing!
                • lolaTuesday, January 17, 2012 at 4:09 pm
                  I found this article very interesting! Wow!
                  • RWWednesday, November 9, 2011 at 1:16 pm
                    IM TOTALY USIN THIS FOR MY CURRENT EVENT
                    • miaWednesday, July 27, 2011 at 3:47 pm
                      i loveeeeeeeee it soo much but it needs more sizzle

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