Rolls-Royce is aiming to produce a small full-electric aircraft in the coming two to five years. A senior official of the company himself has shared this information with the media. A concept electric aircraft of the company has made many headlines last year. The company named this project ‘Spirit of Innovation’. This aircraft also caught a top speed of 623 kmph in the test run. Now the latest statement proves that Rolls-Royce is very serious about electric aircraft.
One given to Bloomberg Statement (via HT Auto) Rolls Royce President Rob Watson shared information about the first commercial application of the P-Volt, a specialized battery-electric system. The system will reportedly be capable of producing 600-kilowatt hours of power, thanks to which the aircraft equipped with it will be able to fly six to eight people up to 80 nautical miles. Robb also pointed out that with better battery technology the range will continue to improve and eventually by 2030 electric aircraft with this technology could be able to fly around 400 kms.
Watson says the company has faith in the technology and will now try it on a larger scale. He said “I think you can choose between 8-18 seater seats in urban air mobility and regional air mobility. [इलेक्ट्रिक] We can see aircraft becoming a real possibility in the next three to five years.”
The report further states that Rolls-Royce’s electric propulsion system can be used for both eVOTLs (electric vertical takeoff and landing) or for commuter aircraft. The company’s former customer Vertical Aerospace Group Ltd. has taken orders from American Airlines Group Inc., Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd. and Avalon Holdings Ltd., and has been used in its zero-emission four-passenger aircraft VA-X4, which is more than 100 miles long. It can cover the distance at a speed of 200 mph.
The report goes on to say that according to Watson, a battery alone would not be enough to fly thousands of miles with hundreds of people, as it would be limited only by the energy density of the battery and its weight. He said “If you’re on those platforms with Net-Zero [एमिशन] If you want to get it, you’ll be able to get it mainly through SAF or through hydrogen.”
Watson said Rolls-Royce is currently in talks with suppliers for battery cells as it approaches the certification phase. He also said that while the company will design and assemble the packs, it will not manufacture battery cells.