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DateDate: 20-11-2019, 05:49

Today, electric transport is developing at some crazy pace. And five years ago it was impossible to even dream of such a thing. Light electric cars will not surprise anyone, and electric trucks are able to transport goods calmly and almost on equal terms with ordinary cars. Developments are also being made in the field of creating electric aircraft. But the most, perhaps, most interesting development in this area was presented by Airbus specialists - an electric racing aircraft.
 
To begin with, it is worth noting that almost all electric aircraft being developed today are concentrated more on the field of passenger transportation. However, among those who are interested in aviation, there are those who have probably heard about the planned Air Race E competition, which is something like an analogue of the famous Formula 1, but from the world of airplanes. It is assumed that eight pilots of aircraft will take part in Air Race E, who will have to fly along the ring track at a height of 10 meters and at a speed of around 400 kilometers per hour.
However, in the framework of this championship, not quite ordinary flying vehicles will be used. For example, engineers from Airbus and the University of Nottingham created the world's first all-electric racing aircraft called White Lightning. White Lightning, according to the developers, is able to achieve speeds of 483 kilometers per hour, which is a very, very worthy indicator for an electric airplane. But so far, not everything is so rosy.
The lithium battery is, to put it mildly, short-lived, ”says Jeff Walkman, chief organizer of Air Race E. White Lightning can fly at high speeds of only about 5 minutes, and another 10 minutes in standby mode at lower engine power. The airplane and the tournament itself is a kind of “test bench” that will contribute to the development of electric transport in general and air travel in particular.
 
How do you feel about the idea of creating electric planes? Express your opinion in the comments and in our chat in Telegram. The Air Race E racing tournament is due to take place in the early to mid-2020, and some details about the upcoming race are likely to appear in the near future. For example, the leadership of Air Race E is not yet ready to name the other 7 teams (besides Airbus) that will take part in the tournament. But promises to do it "in the very near future."
Returning to the beginning of the article: so why do we need such fast electric planes, given that they can also fly no longer than 5 minutes? In fact, everything is quite simple: as a rule, a lot of technological innovations and processes for the production of various components “run through” these devices. And the technological discoveries made here can go into the “private sector” of conventional air transportation. In the end, something similar happened with motorsport and gasoline-powered cars, when the technologies used on the racetrack were reflected in automobiles for the mass market segment.
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