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Electric Aircraft Set To Soar In Japan Skies As Commercial Mode Of Transport

Japan is touted as among the first markets where Rolls-Royce’s electric aircraft will operate.

Electric Aircraft Set To Soar In Japan Skies As Commercial Mode Of Transport

Till date, there has been a lot of progress made in the inherent technology of electric aircraft to the point where a new age in commuting is projected to happen between 2023 and 2026. A small and fully electric aircraft from the Rolls Royce stables has managed to shatter two world speed records, showing the feasibility of electric aircraft for short-distance, fast transportation. 

Rolls-Royce is teaming up with different aerospace companies in order to develop vehicles and airplanes that are driven by electric propulsion. In the autumn of 2021 Rolls-Royce’s Spirit of Innovation, a single-seat propeller fitted, and the electric-powered plane blew away the zero-emission speed record, managing to hit an average speed of 555.9kmph over a distance of 3 km. This new record shattered the old record by 213.04kmph. 

The same plane also managed to fly at a sensational average speed of 532.1kmph over a distance of 15km and had a maximum speed of 623kmph, which is also a record. 

Japan is touted as among the first markets where Rolls-Royce’s electric planes will operate. There are other Japanese players also in the fray who are up-scaling their presence in the fresh market for electric air transport. Back in 2021 Japan Airlines signed a deal allowing it to buy or lease as many as 100 eVOTL air taxis that were manufactured by UK-based Vertical Aerospace and its leasing company Avolon. 

Japanese trading titan Marubeni and Vertical have an agreement to jointly market Vertical’s batch of electric aircraft in Japan. Marubeni also has a conditional option of preordering 200 Vertical aircraft. These developments are warming the thermals in the skies above Japan.

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