SOLAR PLANES and ELECTRIC AIRCRAFT that’ll MAKE YOUR JAW DROP

With all the buzz electric vehicles are making
around the world we thought we’d take a look at some fantastic electric aircraft!
Would you fly in an all-electric aircraft? I'm Glenn. Let’s check out some of the
coolest electric aircraft on the market! To get notified when a new video is posted
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Eye Design! Number Fifteen Aiming to build the first FAA-certified all-electric
aircraft to serve the pilot training market Denver based Bye Aerospace flew its first
all-electric test flight in 2018.

Equipped with 90-kilowatt Siemens electric
motors that deliver speeds up to 100 miles per hour, the eFlyer4 followed up with a successful
low-power test flight early this year. Able to carry 450 pounds of passenger payload
for up to three hours, these electric eFlyers cost about three dollars an hour in fuel to
fly compared to the typical fifty dollars an hour. The company is aiming to have certification
by the end of 2021. Number Fourteen This plane, made by Yuneec, a company that
started out making remote-controlled aircraft, is one of the most famous electric planes
to come to the market. They were able to completely design and build a full-sized
light electric plane for easy mass production.

It has now been established and proven to
be one of the best ultralight single-seater electric planes to date. Being electric,
and having a max speed of 80 miles per hour, it's a great starter for new pilots. Even
with a quick stop after the battery has been drained it only takes a little under three
hours for a recharge. Number Thirteen This sleek aircraft is the brainchild of Israel
based company Eviation Aircraft.

Named the Eviation Alice, the company sets to redefine
regional transport through the means of their all-electric aircraft. It has a flight range of around 650 to 750
miles thanks to its three 260 kilowatt motors, each producing about 350 horsepower. It has
a cruise speed of 300 miles per hour with a flight ceiling of 30,000 feet. It has space
up front for two pilots as well as room for up to 9 passengers. The aircraft is expected to get full certification
in 2022 as well as be available for purchase the same year. Number Twelve This older styled electric plane can really
pack a punch, so don't let its design fool you. It's one of the first electric planes
to ever cross the English Channel. Surprisingly enough, the pilot did not even have clearance
to make the flight, and it was ordered to stop at takeoff. Obviously, he didn't listen
and flew anyways. Even though it's one of the smallest electric
planes they were still able to fit two 25 horsepower electric motors in the aircraft
that's no bigger than a small-sized car. We don't think he'll be making this fly again
any time soon, but sometimes you just can't follow the rules, and you have to take that
leap not knowing the consequences.

Number Eleven When looking at this electric aircraft, we
turn toward the country of Portugal. They developed this brilliant idea for an ultralight
aircraft with more features than most sports cars. This awesome little ultralight is primarily
made of epoxy resin and carbon fiber to minimalize the weight. The motors are only used during takeoff,
to achieve enough thrust for lift off the ground; after this, they return back to their
folded position so the aircraft can remain as aerodynamic as possible. This allows the
aircraft to glide at the proper altitude for as long as the pilot wishes Number Ten Everyone get ready for this one, it may
look like they put it together backwards, but this is actually one of the fastest electric planes ever to
be built. In 2012 it reached speeds of over 200 miles per hour, and it had been noted
that the pilot was not even giving it full throttle.

They use a customized 258 horsepower, liquid-cooled,
DC brushless electric motor that can produce a staggering 400 foot-pounds of torque. Number Nine The aircraft giant Pipistrel is always making
waves, or air currents maybe? Either way, they released their ALPHA aircraft in an electric
version called the ALPHA Electro. It’s powered by a 60 kilowatt motor that
makes about 80 horsepower. It has enough battery to keep it airborne for about an hour with
a 20-minute reserve, just in case.

The batteries can be recharged in about 45 minutes, but
if you have some spares already charged up, it only takes 5 minutes to swap them out! It has a cruise speed around 100 miles per
hour, and due to its design its capable of short landings and short takeoffs. This little
two-seater seems like the perfect training plane! Number Eight AutoFlightX based near Munich, Germany, unveiled
its V600 prototype at the AERO Friedrichshafen 2019 Aviation Trade Show. The all-electric
aircraft has two sets of wings, six propellers for lift, a pusher propeller for forward flight,
and a tricycle landing gear. The completed vehicle can carry three to five
people and can make changes to meet E.A.S.A. certification requirements. I'm Allie, and it's Minds Eye Trivia time.
By looking at just these images, do you know what this is and where it's from? Leave the correct answer or your best guess
in the comment section below. Number Seven Up next is this awesome looking two-person,
electric sailplane. The Taurus g2 is the first electric sailplane this aircraft manufacturer
has ever made.

It features a 40-kilowatt motor that pushes
out about 54 horsepower and a lithium-ion battery pack that lets it climb to nearly
6,500 feet in the sky. It also has a custom solar-powered trailer that can charge the
entire plane's battery in just five hours. Even if you run out of power in the air, the
Taurus G2 can easily glide back down to a landing. The goal was to improve on their technological improvements
by making a plane that can climb faster and has a shorter takeoff compared to any of
their non-electric planes. Number Six This spacecraft looking thing is as real as
you or me, but it definitely feels like something from the future. This is the Airbus A3 Vahana,
an all-electric aircraft capable of vertical take-off and landing. If that’s not cool enough for you, well
how about the fact that there’s only room for one person and there are zero flight controls?
Yeah, this thing is pilot-less. It’s made to be like an uber for the air and is remote-controlled
from a different location.

This future-taxi has cruise speeds to rival
even New York taxi drivers able to fly at 120 miles per hour with a range of 31 miles.
This one might be a little harder to flag down though. Number Five The Sunseeker family of gliders has roots
in the solar game dating back over 30 years ago, so when it comes to solar-powered electric
flying machines, they have some of the most experience out there. The Sunseeker duo was a unique design, made
by one of the engineers at the company who thought it should be a two-seater instead
of just one. It has a 72-foot wingspan with solar panels placed
perfectly on the entire surface as well as the tail. It also features a sliding canopy that
provides the best in-flight views in any class, swiveling tablet support for the next-generation
avionics, and maps running on an iPad or Android device.

Number Four This one is kind of a crazy design, so bear
with us. To get this baby off the ground, it uses you, the pilot, jogging off a hill
almost as a leap of faith. Once airborne you tuck your feet up and allow
the tiny motor to help keep you at gliding altitude. When it’s time to land, don’t
put your feet out! It’s got wheels to assist with a gentle descent onto the undercarriage. Another impressive feature is the electric propulsion
kit which allows for a stronger and more sustained glide. This design is almost a hang
glider and electric plane combined into one making for an exciting and new idea for a
micro lift glider. Number Three NASA themselves have come up with the design
of our next plane.

The X-57 Maxwell will be the first all-electric X-plane, with an X-plane
being an experimental aircraft. The idea behind the aircraft is to demonstrate the benefits
that distributed electric propulsion may have for the future of aviation. NASA has taken a twin-engine Tecnam P2006T
and replaced the wings with a new set of wings with electric propellers contained within.
They went through 4 different designs before settling on the final version with 7 propellers
on each side. The smaller 12 engines that lay along the wing are turned off once the
plane has achieved the planned cruising altitude. Testing is set to be finished sometime in
2020. Number Two This has earned a place on our list because
of the sheer ingenuity that went into this plane. This is the first of two aircraft
planned by the Switzerland based group, Solar Impulse. It has a wingspan of a major airliner. To
be exact, it's 206 feet. But it's honeycomb shaped carbon-fiber-reinforced structure
keeps the weight down to that of a small car. The top of the entire plane is covered in
lightweight solar panels while the bulk of the weight comes from the batteries they
keep charged.

The low weight and its sleek design mean it can get by on four 7.35-kilowatt motors It flies at an average speed of 45 miles
per hour, and it achieved the world’s first manned 26-hour solar-powered flight. Number One This pick had to make it in our number one spot.
It's actually the most advanced electric glider that money can buy. It has an insane wingspan of 98 feet allowing
it to effortlessly glide any which way it wants.

The impressive engineering that went behind this
glider takes the cake for sure. It comes with a 42 kilowatt brushless electric motor, that
was made especially for the glider, and it pushes out around 30 horsepower. The design and manufacturing process of each
component has been thoroughly assessed by German aviation authorities. In fact, it's
the world's first electric aircraft ever to receive a certification by the Aviation
Authority. Hi everyone and thank you for watching! I'm
Chandni with Minds Eye Design.

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