For the first time in more than a century, man-powered aircraft are being overtaken in speed and distance by electricity-powered machines at ZeroAvia aviation company. The Electric Aircraft Corporation (EAC), which owns the first land-based electric aircraft, has announced that its E2- Supersonic car is currently the fastest electric aircraft globally. ZeroAvia staff members explain that the fastest speed of E2- Supersonic is 536.55 mph, exceeding the standing record of 536.47 mph for its predecessor, the E1 aircraft. EAC’s plans include creating a next-generation version of the electric aircraft with a higher top speed of 700 mph.
The five-passenger ZeroAvia Aircraft can take off from the pavement and land vertically or optionally on runways. Flight time for the powered aircraft is expected to be 80-90 minutes. The company envisions a pilot whose only tasks will be refueling and maintenance. ZeroAvia aviation company is currently planning to produce its aircraft at a facility that performs maintenance on the automotive and aerospace industries. The company has also partnered with multiple air refueling companies. The ZeroAvia company’s aircraft design uses a modular aircraft design that allows for the replacement of components. ZeroAvia’s aircraft engine is based on proprietary technology that allows zero emissions, high fuel efficiency, noise-level reduction, and significantly improved aerodynamics.
ZeroAvia aviation company successfully uses a groundbreaking design to overcome many of the challenges of electric propulsion systems. The organization will issue other details in the near future. ZeroAvia has demonstrated a flight test to prove it can operate a single electric motor at an airport to generate 5kw of electrical power, with plans to increase that to 50kw in the next several months. The technology can also be recharged at an airport, eliminating the need to build charging infrastructure. Around the globe, the industry is struggling with the challenges of emissions from aircraft.
The main limiting factor in adopting zero-emission electric aircraft technology is the lack of suitable power-train technology. The current generation of electric motors is unable to provide the needed range. Over the past ten years, numerous companies have experimented with various concepts. Due to the high cost of batteries, these early concepts have never reached commercialization. ZeroAvia’s approach is entirely different. The company manufactures a series of high-speed, zero-emission electric propulsion units that use hydrogen-electric power to fly long distances at a fraction of the cost of other zero-emission systems.