All-elec­tric Teaco-bat aims to break records

Pilot - - CONTENTS - Geoff Jones

Elec­troflight showed a full-scale mock-up of its P.1e Teaco-bat twin-en­gine, al­l­elec­tric, bat­tery­pow­ered racing air­craft at RIAT, along with the un­fin­ished fuse­lage of the car­bon­fi­bre/com­pos­ite pro­to­type. The Teaco-bat’s two en­gines are neatly cowled in the nose and drive con­tra-ro­tat­ing pro­pel­lers. Sin­gle- and twin-en­gine ver­sions are planned. Former Red Bull air race pilot Steve Jones is on board the project, whose aim is to cre­ate an elec­tric air­craft that will break speed records in its class and thereby gar­ner much needed pub­lic­ity. The air­craft’s MTOW is 420kg, thrust power 500kg, climb rate quoted at 9,000ft/min, max­i­mum level speed 250kt, and stall speed 60kt.

Christophe­r Turner, Elec­troflight’s Com­mer­cial Man­ager, told me, “We hope to fly the air­craft within the next year, but also hope to bring on board more in­vestors who want to see this ex­cit­ing project re­ceive the recog­ni­tion it de­serves. The air­craft’s abil­ity to ac­cel­er­ate ver­ti­cally is unique and, car­ry­ing only bat­ter­ies, there is no weight change dur­ing a flight.”

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