Rolls-Royce Looks to Develop the World’s Fastest Electric Plane

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Commercial aviation is among the hardest things to turn electric. Storing the amount of energy required to power a jet over long distances via batteries has historically led to insurmountable weight challenges - it just gets too heavy. This week Rolls Royce announced their attempt to solve this problem. The ACCEL plane, expected to have its inaugural flight next year, will be able to travel 200 miles on a single charge (London to Paris no problem), traveling at a speed of up to 300mph. Certainly slower than the usual 500-600mph of a fuel based plane, if they can pull it off it could be a major milestone in conquering flight and the 2% of global emissions that come from airlines a year.

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