Rolls-Royce Charges Toward Record-Breaking Electric Flight

Sharp Nemesis NXT racing aircraft
Accel’s lithium-ion battery makes up about half the weight of the heavily modified Sharp Nemesis NXT racing aircraft.
Credit: Jane Stockdale/Rolls-Royce
Rolls-Royce is preparing for the first flight of what it hopes will become the world’s fastest electric-powered aircraft. The aero-engine manufacturer is targeting a 300 mph+ speed record for its Accel (short for Accelerating the Electrification of Flight), an all-electric conversion of a Sharp...
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Based in London, Tony covers European defense programs. Prior to joining Aviation Week in November 2012, Tony was at Shephard Media Group where he was deputy editor for Rotorhub and Defence Helicopter magazines.

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