The driver is planning to cross the Atlantic in a elektrosamolete




The driver is planning to cross the Atlantic in a elektrosamolete

Fans of racing on electric Chip Yates knows how to master, able to win in the air and on the motor track. Now the speed demon is planning to enter into the history of trans-Atlantic flight – the first time since 1927 – and beat the record of Charles Lindbergh, but the electric plane.

We often write about the development of electric vehicles, but about electric airplanes almost nothing to say. Maybe Elon Musk ever will in the matter and the world will see Tesla plane on batteries.

Yates first became known for having combined record and electricity in 2011. Then he set an unofficial record for an electric motorcycle, speeding up to 250 km / h on the highway Mojave. Last year, he received a pilot’s license and flew over the Mojave Desert in the electric Long-ESA, a modified version of the aircraft Long-EZ. His record of 300 km / h broke the previous 250 km / h

Now, Yates said Representative Wired, he has plans for a repeat of the historic flight from New York to Paris on an electric airplane glider type with a 30-meter wingspan. However, he still builds trucks. Yates wants to get up to speed at least 150 km / h and exceeding 60 km / h Solar Impulse.

In order to increase the range of electric airplane flight, Yates is going to attach the battery pack and use the refueling similar to the one used by military vehicles. Last year, the batteries have not kept during the trip through the desert. Yates and his team plan to spend a couple of months, modifying the design and testing the system.

“I hope he stays alive”, – said Charles Lindbergh’s grandson Erik. Well, let’s hope, too. If Yates can pull this off, it proves that electric planes are not just rage, and quite tolerable technique .
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