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Video: Electric Plane High Speed Record Set at 202.6 MPH

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Again, who said that pure electric vehicles couldn’t be fast? Chip Yates, the same guy who set the record for the fastest run on an electric motorcycle, has just set the record for the fastest flight in an electric plane. Almost ironically, the two speeds are both right around 200mph.

Yates took to the air above the Mojave Desert, reaching a speed of 202.6mph during his 16 minute flight. The Long-ESA electric plane is based on the Long-EZ by Burt Rutan, except this version is electric. Butan had previously designed several aircraft, including the X-Prize winning SpaceShipOne, a reusable, suborbital spaceship. The 202.6mph flight shatters the previous record of 175mph, set by Hugues Duval in the Cri Cri airplane.

But Yates isn’t satisfied. This was his first ever flight in a full electric plane and he recognizes that the Long-ESA can go even faster. I’m sure he and his team will be taking to the skies again very soon, breaking his own record over and over again.


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  • http://www.quietatheist.com/ Slugsie

    There is nothing ironic about the two speeds being similar. Ironically, most people don’t know how to use the word Ironic correctly.