Rolls-Royce unveils prototype for world’s fastest electric plane

January 15, 2020 by  
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Innovation is the name of the game for luxury industry leaders like Rolls-Royce, so it’s no surprise they have a variety of sustainable travel projects in the works. Last month, Rolls-Royce released its newest project — an all-electric plane set to take flight later this spring. Dubbed ACCEL (Accelerating the Electrification of Flight), the initiative is aimed at not only using electrification, but setting records in the industry, including a top speed of over 300 miles per hour. The current record for an all-electric plane is 210 miles per hour, so the goal is a leap in both power and performance. Plus, the plane is set to bring an  eco-friendly option  to a traditionally high-polluting industry. With the densest battery pack ever used in an electric plane, ACCEL should be able to travel around 200 miles per charge. For reference, that’s the distance between London and Paris. The three electric engines are expected to produce a constant 500 horsepower with a quiet ride and zero emissions. Related: AeroMobil reveals flying taxi that transforms from car to electric airplane Rob Watson, Director of Rolls-Royce Electrical said: “Building the world’s fastest all-electric aircraft is nothing less than a revolutionary step change in aviation and we are delighted to unveil the ACCEL project plane. This is not only an important step towards the world-record attempt but will also help to develop Rolls-Royce’s capabilities and ensure that we are at the forefront of developing technology that can play a fundamental role in enabling the transition to a  low carbon global economy .” Rolls-Royce has undertaken this endeavor with a host of partners. YASA brings a history of electric motor manufacturing, and an eager start-up, Electroflight, provides technology and research. The team also includes the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) and Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and Innovate UK. Funding for the plane is subsidized by the government of the United Kingdom where the blue and white one-seater prototype was unveiled in December. Business Minister Nadhim Zahawi said: “The UK has a proud heritage and enviable worldwide reputation for advances in aviation technology. The electrification of flight has the potential to revolutionise the way we travel and transform aviation for decades to come – ensuring we can travel worldwide while maintaining a low carbon footprint . Backed by Government funding, Rolls-Royce is pushing the boundaries even further, and this new innovation could become the fastest electric plane ever.” Continued testing is underway with the goal of making an initial run for the speed record in the spring of 2020. + Rolls-Royce Images via Rolls-Royce

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JetBlue embarks on journey to offset all U.S. domestic flights

January 14, 2020 by  
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The move is becoming more common in Europe but is unprecedented among North American airlines.

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Why aviation needs to address its emissions problem now

January 7, 2020 by  
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Despite myriad efforts, the aviation industry unlikely to succeed in reducing its emissions given the current hurdles. In fact, the case is quite the opposite.

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7 urban air mobility companies to watch

November 25, 2019 by  
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Think ride-hailing flying taxis, electric multicopters and passenger drones that can be summoned with an app.

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Shell to support Europe’s first sustainable aviation fuel plant

November 20, 2019 by  
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The plant is set to produce fuel made from waste and residue streams, such as used cooking oil sourced from regional industries.

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Data science could help Californians battle future wildfires

November 20, 2019 by  
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Incident commanders and emergency managers can make more informed decisions in high-stress situations.

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Will guilt-free flying arrive at your terminal soon?

October 8, 2019 by  
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As flight shame rises, one company is on a quest to make green jet fuels.

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Global climate regulation looms on the horizon. Are banks and insurers ready?

October 8, 2019 by  
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Regulatory scrutiny of sustainability risks has only just begun.

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Flight shame (and all of its controversy) dock in America

September 4, 2019 by  
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With activists pointing to the high carbon footprint of aviation, some companies are also looking to decrease employees’ air travel.

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6 electric aviation companies to watch

August 20, 2019 by  
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Almost half of commercial flights are under 500 miles, putting them within the range of an electric motor.

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