Preparations for the air Race E, the world’s first electric aircraft competition, have made new progress. On Sunday, local time, the first electric aircraft was launched in a competition backed by Airbus. In February, Airbus announced a partnership with Air Race E to launch the world’s first electric aircraft race in 2020, with eight electric aircraft competing on a 5km track 10 metres above the ground. The competition aims to promote the commercial use of urban aerial vehicles, making urban vehicles cleaner, faster and more technologically advanced.
(On November 17, 2019, the electric aircraft was on display on the first day of the Dubai Air Show)
Several U.S. companies, including ride-hailing service Uber, are also working on the development and use of electric flying cars amid growing concerns about the environmental impact of the use of fossil fuels in air travel.
Last month, Airbus’s rival Boeing announced a partnership with Volkswagen’s sports car brand, Porsche, to develop an electric flight concept car that can transport people in an urban environment.
Air Race E said the electric aircraft, called White Lightning, will be built by UK-based Condor Aviation at the Dubai Air Show in the United Arab Emirates.
The plane will use an electric motor at a speed of about 482 kilometers (300 miles) per hour. According to the requirements of the race, it will compete with other competing electric aircraft on a 5km track 10 metres above the ground.
Jeff Walkman, chief executive of Air Race E, said: “The event will provide a testing platform for innovation and accelerate the commercialization of electric flying cars. ”
Air Race E said the electric aircraft, which took part in the high-intensity flight, was powered by lithium batteries mounted under the fuselage.