ElectraFlyer C – an Electric Plane That Actually Flies

August 5, 2008 / 1 Comment

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Though I knew technology allows it we’ve never featured any electric planes in here. ElectraFlyer C, is an all electric airplane based on a Moni Motorglider that recently took off at the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh to demonstrate that environmentally friendlier electric-powered flights are possible.

Using an 18 horsepower motor fed by 5.6 kilowatt hours worth of lithium polymer batteries, the ElectraFlyer-C “cruises at 70 mph, stalls at 45 mph, and has a top speed of 90 mph” and a flight duration of 1-1/2 to 2 hours. Weighing in at 78 pounds the custom-made batteries are projected for a 1,000 life cycles and can be recharged in as little as two hours using a 220-volt charger.

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Another great point for the engine, is that it was optimized to reduce noise pollution, dramatically. For those that fear that this little thing can’t fly, you should know that “the motor direct drives a 45-inch ground adjustable, two-blade PowerFin carbon fiber propeller, which lifts the ElectraFlyer-C at a climb rate of 500 to 600 fpm. Takeoff rpm is 2800“.

The electric plane was designed by Randall Fishman, President of Electric Aircraft Corp, but is not yet for sale. Let’s hope he gets an investor to take it mainstream. Check out the video with the guy explaining everything.