Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Yuneec e430 Electric Plane

The Yuneec e430 electric plane is the world's first electric airplane to be commercially produced. Electric cars are becoming quite popular so it was only a matter of time before electric planes started being manufactured. Electric planes can no longer be considered futuristic.

The plane is a twin seat with a single engine and is powered by a 54-horsepower (40 kw) electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack.

Because the Yuneec plane is electric, it runs without fuel, has no emissions, low noise, and is very low maintenance. The plane is also very easy to fly and makes for a smooth ride. Depending on the battery packs, the plane can stay in the air from ninety minutes to two and a half hours. It takes about three hours for the battery to charge.

In addition to being easy to control and lightweight, the plane is also beautifully and simply designed. The Yuneec has a 45-foot wingspan and a 22-foot long fuselage. There are only two moving parts in the plane's motor which means flights are low-vibration.

For an airplane, the Yuneec isn't so expensive. The planes will cost $89,000, which shouldn't be a big deal for the demographic of people that typically purchase airplanes.

Via Dvice

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