World’s first electric passenger airplane is made in China, too
Chinese authorities have manufactured the world’s first electric passenger aircraft, news agency Xinhua reported on Friday.business Updated: Jun 20, 2015 09:22 IST
Chinese authorities have manufactured the world’s first electric passenger aircraft, news agency Xinhua reported on Friday.
It is priced at about one million yuan ($163,000).
The “BX1E” has a 14.5-metre wingspan and a maximum payload of 230kg. It can fly at an altitude of 3,000 metres, according to the report.
It can be charged within two hours, and can fly for 45 minutes to an hour at a maximum speed of 160kmph.
The plane was designed by the Shenyang Aerospace University and Liaoning general aviation academy in the northeastern Liaoning province.
The plane participated in the 10th China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition in Zhuhai, Guangdong Province last November. The first two planes were delivered to Liaoning Ruixiang General Aviation Co. Ltd on Thursday.
According to the manufacturer, the aircraft can be used for pilot training, tourism, meteorology and rescue operations.
The total number of orders has reached 28.
(With inputs from PTI and IANS)