The company said in a statement on its website that its “Spirit of Innovation” aircraft can be considered the world’s fastest electric vehicle after recent flight tests.
The plane was able to fly at a speed of 623 kilometers per hour, and the company also said that the plane set two other world records, reaching a maximum speed of 555.9 kilometers per hour at a distance of only three kilometers.
The plane also climbed to a height of more than 3000 meters in 202 seconds, smashing the previous world record by 60 seconds.
The aircraft is equipped with a 400 kW electric motor, and the company’s engineers have confirmed that it is equipped with the most powerful battery ever manufactured in the aviation industry.
“The development supports our ambition to provide the technological breakthroughs society needs to decarbonize transportation in the air, on land, and at sea,” the company said in a statement.
Last October, Tesla and SpaceX chief Elon Musk spoke of his desire to create a supersonic electric plane, however, Musk stressed that at the moment he is unable to devote the time to this achievement.
Rolls-Royce said it’s submitting data on the plane’s achievements to the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale, also known as the World Air Sports Federation, which is in charge of verifying world and continental records, according to GIZMODO news website.
Company CEO Warren East celebrated the aircraft’s performance — which is quiet impressive considering that the Spirit of Innovation made its first flight ever a little more than a month ago — and said that technological breakthroughs like these are especially significant after the United Nation’s COP26 talks.
“Following the world’s focus on the need for action at COP26, this is another milestone that will help make ‘jet zero’ a reality and supports our ambitions to deliver the technology breakthroughs society needs to decarbonize transport across air, land, and sea,” East said in the news release.