by Ian Sheppard
– December 20, 2019, 6:59 AM
Rolls-Royce has revealed the design of its first electric race plane under its ACCEL (Accelerating the Electrification of Flight) program.
The UK aeroengine manufacturer said, “Work will now begin on integrating the ground-breaking electrical propulsion system to enable the zero-emissions plane to make a run for the record books with a target speed of 300-plus miles per hour in late spring 2020.”
Partners in ACCEL, which is half-funded by the UK’s Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) with the support of the UK government, include Oxford-based electric motor manufacturer YASA and Gloucester Airport, UK-based Electroflight.
Also unveiled during an event held at Gloucester Airport on December 19, was the…