Rolls-Royce completed the first flight of its all-electric aircraft in late September. The United Kingdom-based aerospace powerhouse’s ‘Spirit of Innovation’ hit the air backed by its 400kW (500+hp) electric powertrain.
The electric powertrain propelled its build with the most “power-dense battery pack ever assembled for an aircraft.”
“The first flight of the ‘Spirit of Innovation’ is a great achievement for the ACCEL team and Rolls-Royce. We are focused on producing the technology breakthroughs society needs to decarbonise transport across air, land and sea, and capture the economic opportunity of the transition to net zero,” - Warren East, Rolls-Royce CEO.
Rolls-Royce hopes to reach net-zero operations by 2030 with its new products. Moreover, it wants all of its products to be compatible with net-zero by 2050.