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Electrifying
Flight Propeller
Three electrically
actuated blades
spin at 2,400 RPM

In 2020, Rolls-Royce will make


history when its �rst fully
electric aircraft takes to the Inverter
The powertrain will run at 750
skies over Wales. Funded volts, similar to a Formula E
car, enabling high-power
by the UK government, the output at relatively low weight.
“Accelerating the Electri�cation
of Flight” project (ACCEL) is At max power, the system delivers
750kW and 1,000 horsepower, the
an effort to build, test, and rough equivalent of an F1 race car –
Active Thermal
but without the emissions.
commercialise a specially Management System
Regulating the
designed aircraft powered Cooling radiator temperature of the
Coolant pumps battery pack is one
entirely by megawatts. of the biggest
design challenges
Rolls-Royce and its partners, for the engineers.
Electro�ight and YASA, intend
the single-passenger aircraft Auxiliary Systems
to break a series of speed, ACCEL’s avionics bay contains
the control hardware, including
performance, and development the engine control unit (ECU),
power distribution unit (PDU),
records. ACCEL’s overarching and �ight sensors.

mission is to develop the


requisite technology and
supply chain knowledge to spur
Airframe
development of future aircraft The proven sport-class
concepts and establish the UK aircraft is specially

Length 23 ft
Wingspan 24 ft designed for air racing.
as a global leader in all-electric
aviation. Here’s a look at
ACCEL’s key features.

Controls Batteries Powertrain Motors


Project name This all-electric racer features a With 6,000 battery cells on board, Built upon Rolls-Royce’s world-class For the record attempt, ACCEL will use three 750R

AC CEL
state-of-the-art controls system, ACCEL is truly a feat of design and engineering. expertise in aviation design and safety, lightweight e-motors manufactured by the British electric
providing the pilot all the information The world’s most energy-dense �ying battery ACCEL’s all-electric powertrain is the key motors company YASA. Combined, these power-dense
required to �y safely and quickly. pack contains a bespoke cooling system to to achieving 90% energy ef�ciency and motors will deliver more than 500 horsepower to the
regulate heat and enough power to �y from zero-emission �ight. By comparison, propeller at a lower RPM than a conventional airplane,
London to Paris on a single charge. Formula 1 race cars top out at 50% ef�ciency. which means increased stability and less noise.

750
Max power

kW

3 00+
Top speed

MP H

200
Range

mi les

Development

24 mont hs

Collaborators
Power
usage

Temperature IAS knots


warning

Maximum indicated Altimeter


power available

Infographic by StoryTK