For the past two years, PC-Aero has been developing an electric aircraft and looking forward to the day when it first takes to the skies. That day is expected to arrive later this month as the company has just finished up static tests for German Ultralight Certification for its Elektra One. During these tests, the wings and fuselage are loaded to their rated capacity and the battery-powered soon-to-be flyer apparently passed.
The single-seater is the first of a whole family of planned vehicles that includes a solar version as well as two- and four-seaters. Perhaps one of the most striking things about this Elektra One is its potential range. Its design parameters call for a three-hour flight time. Whether or not it can actually live up to this claim should be known before the year is out. The aircraft has been entered into the NASA-funded CAFE Green Flight Challenge in pursuit of the $1.6 million prize. Hit the jump for video of the plane showing off its spinning propeller during its official rollout.
[Source: PC-Aero via Green Car Congress]