Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) — British aircraft engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce has announced that it has developed “the world’s fastest all-electric aircraft”, according to a statement from the company.

The aircraft – dubbed Spirit of Innovation – achieved a top speed of 623 km per hour in flight, making it “the world’s fastest all-electric vehicle”, according to Rolls-Royce.

Rolls-Royce said in a press release that its Spirit of Innovation aircraft set three world records in total, including reaching 345.4 mph over a range of 1.86 miles, on November 16.

The company also said that the plane achieved the fastest climb time of 3000 meters with a time of 202 seconds.

The statement said the plane flew 300mph over a range of 9.32 miles in Wiltshire at the British Ministry of Defense’s Military Aircraft Test Site, which is 182mph faster than the previous record.

The figures have been submitted to the International Athletics Federation (FIA) for validation.

The aircraft is part of the Accelerated Aviation Electrification (ACCEL) project, funded by the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI), the UK’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy as well as the UK’s Innovation Agency.

The plane is powered by a 400 kW electric motor and uses the most power-intensive thrust battery pack ever assembled in aerospace, according to Rolls-Royce.

The plane uses a 400-kilowatt electric motor assembly, the most energy-intensive propulsion battery assembly in the aerospace field, according to Rolls-Royce.Credit: Jane Stockdale/Rolls-Royce

“This is a highlight of my career and a fantastic achievement for the entire team,” said Phil Odell, test pilot and Director of Flight Operations for Rolls-Royce, who achieved top speed.

“To claim the world electric speed record is a remarkable achievement for the ACCEL project team and Rolls-Royce,” said CEO Warren East.

East added, “After the world focused on the need for action during COP26, this is yet another achievement that will help make the JetZero initiative a reality and support our ambitions to deliver the technological breakthroughs society needs to decarbonize transportation by air, land and sea.”

British Business Secretary Kwasi Quarting said the aircraft “will demonstrate the potential of electric flight and help unlock technologies that can make it a part of everyday life”.

“The government is proud to support projects like this to take advantage of the private investment necessary to unlock cleaner, greener aircraft that will allow people to fly as they do now, but in a way that reduces emissions,” Quarting added.


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