Rolls-Royce gets one step closer to the fastest Electric Plane

The real Rolls-Royce is the world’s second biggest manufacturer of aircraft engines, and builds many other types of big, expensive engines for the marine and energy sectors (including nuclear reactors for both power plants and submarines).

The craft is part of a joint effort between the UK government and private businesses like Rolls-Royce called the ACCEL program. That’s short for ‘Accelerating the Electrification of Flight’. Key partners are YASA, the electric motor and controller manufacturer, and aviation start-up Electroflight, so the effort involves some younger companies while being guided by an experienced aviation company.

The program is about more than just setting speed records and gaining bragging rights. The kind of power needed to accelerate an electric aircraft up to over 300 miles per hour is very similar to the power that will be needed by future electric taxi aircraft.

This system and the capabilities being developed will help position Rolls-Royce as a technology leader offering power systems to the Urban Air Mobility market.” said Rob Watson, Director, Rolls-Royce Electrical.