All-electric Teaco-bat aims to break records
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.”