The Rolls-Royce ACCEL Project

The Rolls-Royce ACCEL Project

What do you get when experience and expertise in innovation meets the cutting edge technology of the premier electric car racing series in the world, Formula E. Well you get Rolls-Royce the cutting edge of technology and you get Project ACCEL

Once complete, this plane, the centerpiece of Rolls-Royce’s ACCEL initiative, will be different from anything else you might find at Gloucestershire airport – or anywhere in the world, for that matter. It’ll be all electrical. It heralds a new way of working for Rolls-Royce. The ACCEL team plans to build, test, and commercialize this product in a market that does not yet exist all within a 24 -month span – a relative blink of the eye in the world of aircraft development.

The ACCEL initiative, short for accelerate, will use funding from the UK’s Aerospace Technology Institute and includes a host of partners including electric motor and controller manufacturer YASA. The project will tap Rolls-Royce’s aerospace and electrical engineering expertise to clear myriad technical hurdles. The Rolls-Royce digital team will be in the cockpit with them, running the data analytics and performance modeling. “It’s truly a global project, integrated across regions and skill sets,” says Matheu Parr, manager of the ACCEL project for Rolls-Royce. Rolls-Royce will be supported by Electroflight Ltd (UK).

Project ACCEL aims to produce the fastest electric aircraft capable of flying more than 300 mph. Advancements in material technology and energy storage the project aims to show a proof of concept that electric zero emission aircraft are a viable option and shows an innovation a step forward in the evolution of air travel.

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