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Rolls-Royce hopes to set speed record with electric airplane

The ACCEL team wants to surpass 300 miles per hour in 2020

The ACCEL team wants to surpass 300 miles per hour in 2020.

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Elon Musk talks up electric plane at hyperloop event

Oh, And Tunnels

Elon Musk has a lot on his plate, but tells crowd at Hyperloop Pod design awards ceremony that he's tempted to tackle his VTOL electric jet concept.

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Airbus beat in bid for first electric English Channel crossing

Hugues Duval Wings Way To Calais In Cri-Cri A Day Earlier

Hugues Duval just beat Airbus in a history-making battery-powered flight across the English Channel

Airbus called out ahead of E-Fan flight across English Channel

Did Siemens Skullduggery Scuttle Pipistrel Attempt

Airbus has plans to be the first to cross the English channel in a battery-powered airplane, but was there behind-the-scene subterfuge?

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Yates' record-setting electric airplane gets new battery pack

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.

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Chip Yates announces plan to trace historic Lindbergh transatlantic flight in electric aircraft

Chip Yates retired his electric motorcycle last year after setting records at the Mohave Mile and Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, and notching severa

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Pipistrel wins $1.35 million in Google-sponsored 2011 Green Flight Challenge

In the end, the competition for the $1.35 million top prize in the 2011 Green Flight Challenge came down to just two craft, the eGenius and the Pipistrel G4. After both managed to meet the goal of the contest – fly 200 miles at over 100 miles per hour using less than the equivalent energy of one gallon of fuel per p

Google sponsors $1.65 million NASA Green Flight Challenge

The CAFE Foundation has announced that Google will sponsor the NASA Centennial Challenge flight competition known as the Green Flight Challenge (GFC). The CAFE Foundation (which here stands for Comparative Aircraft Flight Efficiency) will host the event from September 25 through October 2, 2011 at Charles M. Schulz – Sonoma County Airport in California. The NASA-funded prize purse

eGenius sets electric record with 211-mile, 100-plus mph flight

A team from the University of Stuttgart has flown into aviation history by averaging over 100 miles per hour for more than two hours, completing a 211-mile trip powered solely by electricity.

Electric-powered Waiex aircraft makes maiden flight

E-Flight Electric Waiex – Click above to watch video after the jump

First Lindbergh Electric Aircraft Prizes recognizes Yuneec, Sonex and Antares [w/video]

Yuneec E430, Sonex Waiex, Antares 20E – Click above to watch video after the jump

Cessna developing electric-powered 172 Skyhawk

Cessna has built over 43,000 of its 172 Skyhawks since introducing the airplane back in 1955 and, until now, all have burned aviation fuel (Avgas) to fly the friendly skies. That is set to change as the ol' air-dog will learn a new trick this year with its manufacturer announcing that it is teaming up with Bye Energy to produce an electric-powered proof of concept (POC) version of the venerable bird.

Solar-powered airplane flies all day and night, sets records [w/video]

Solar Impulse HB-SIA – Click above to watch video after the jump

Are hybrid and electric airplanes ready for commercial debut?

We don't claim to be experts on airplanes, nor is the physics of flight one of our strong suits, but we do know a thing or two about hybrid and electric-powered stuff. Therefore, we'll focus more on the commercial feasibility and public reception of hybrid and electric airplanes, rather than on the logistics and technical elements that can be sorted out by those with the proper expertise in the respective fields. With that aside, we're ready to jump into the discussion.

Electric airplane to debut at Oshkosh [w/VIDEO]

Yuneec E430 electric airplane - Click above for high-res image gallery

New electric airplane sets world record for speed [w/VIDEO]

During a flight that only lasted about eight minutes, the SkySpark managed to set a world record for the fastest speed attained by an electric airplane. The craft, piloted by astronaut (STS-75) Maurizo Cheli, achieved an airspeed of 155 mph (250 km/h) last week at the World Air Games in Turin, Italy. Specifically modified for the project, the battery-powered Pioneer Alpi 300 is thought to be capable of 186 mph

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