No, Chip Yates doesn't get range anxiety. The record-setting pilot and motorcycle rider made recent news by testing out a new, EnerDel-made battery pack in the battery-electric Long-ESA airplane he set a speed record with a year ago. Yates' 20-minute flight last week got him up to 5,500 feet and he hit 175 miles per hour at "less than 50 percent throttle." Yates, whose 258-horsepower plane now has twice the battery output as last year, is shooting for 250 mph.

We last reported on Mr. Yates in April, when he was preparing to tear up Colorado's Pikes Peak Hillclimb with his electric motorcycle. But last July is when he really made news by getting his Burt Rutan-designed retrofitted Long-EZ plane to hit 202.6 miles per hour before the electric motor conked out and forced the pilot into a dead-stick (and safe) landing.

Read Yates' blog post here and watch the eight-plus-minute video below.


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      Lili
      • 8 Hours Ago
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      Letstakeawalk
      • 8 Hours Ago
      How, exactly, did he "fry his battery"?
      2 wheeled menace
      • 8 Hours Ago
      Batteries plus airplanes = a batteryphobe's worst nightmare. Surprised that you guys at ABG could even hold it together mentally while writing this article.. ;D
      CoolWaters
      • 8 Hours Ago
      He makes it look so safe. You can see that front winglet does the job, virtually impossible to stall the plane, even during landing.