The battery powered electric commuters have finally embraced the skies.
Yuneec E430 – First Electric Airplane to go Into Commercial Production
Yuneec E430 is a name you will remember for entering the history books as the first electric airplane to be commercially produced. While the giant airplanes will still fly on battery packs, Yuneec E430 a two seater light-sport aircraft (LSA) is making an appearance at the 2009 EAA Air Venture Oshkosh prior to being mass produced.
Following this appearance, the plane will head to California for the FAA certification testing. The Yuneec E430 is a Chinese model aircraft which comes with a fully enclosed battery power-pack that can grill the certification tests with relative ease.
Yuneec is a light aircraft with a wingspan of 45.2 ft and it brings into use a 54hp brushless motor to carry it aloft for a duration of three hours, depending on the configuration of the battery of course.
It has already hit a top speed of 93mph during its initial test flights which is pleasing given the nature of its engine. Experts feel that it will not just be the electric engine, but the lack of noise and vibration coupled with low fuel and maintenance costs that will attract buyers to the Yuneec E430.