Elektra One Wins Lindbergh Electric Aircraft Prize at Oshkosh

elektra one  Elektra One Wins Lindbergh Electric Aircraft Prize at Oshkosh(Image: Shahn Sederberg)

The Elektra One performed a demoflight during EAA AirVenture 2011 in Oshkosh on Saturday, July 30, demonstrating the electric aircraft’s high – and completely silent – performance. The demonstration helped German company PC-Aero, which developed the plane, cement its bid for the coveted Lindbergh Electric Aircraft Prize.

elektra one 2  Elektra One Wins Lindbergh Electric Aircraft Prize at Oshkosh(Image: Jean-Marie Urlacher/Info-Pilot, via PC-Aero)

Designed by Calin Gologan and with a range of 500 km, the Elektra One is a single-seat electric aircraft capable of flying with batteries for up to four hours. The plane works in conjunction with a Solar Hangar (known as SunAirport), sponsored by SolarWorld, one of the world’s largest solar panel companies.

elektra one 3  Elektra One Wins Lindbergh Electric Aircraft Prize at Oshkosh(Image: Michael Mularski, SolarWorld)

Practically silent, Elektra One uses only 6 kW per hour and combines zero emissions with low operating costs. Treehugger reported in March that the company hoped to commercialise its technology: “The complete system (Aircraft + Solar-Hangar) will come on the market for less than 100.000 EUR. The operation cost per hour is less than 35 EUR or 0.2 EUR/km.”

(All images reproduced courtesy of PC-Aero)

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