It's not even close to supersonic, but with sustained flight at a speed of 175 miles per hour, French pilot Hugues Duval's electric airplane flew into the record books.
Weighing in at a scant 200 pounds and boasting a wingspan of only 16 feet, the electric aircraft is claimed to be the world's smallest twin-prop aircraft, and by hitting a top speed of 175 clicks, it's now the world's fastest electric airplane, beating the existing record by nearly 15 mph.
The plane itself is powered by two 35-horsepower electric motors and a pair of 1.5-kWh batteries. Its range – listed in minutes of flight time, not miles – is a little less than half an hour, provided that speeds stay at or below 65 mph.
Hit the jump to watch Duval take to the skies in his record-breaking electric plane.
[Source: Gas 2.0]