The Anonymous Widower

Rolls-Royce’s All-Electric ‘Spirit of Innovation’ Takes To The Skies For The First Time

The title of this post, is the same as that of this press release from Rolls-Royce.

This is the first paragraph.

We are pleased to announce the completion of the first flight of our all-electric ‘Spirit of Innovation’ aircraft. At 14:56 (BST) the plane took to the skies propelled by its powerful 400kW (500+hp) electric powertrain with the most power-dense battery pack ever assembled for an aircraft. This is another step towards the plane’s world-record attempt and another milestone on the aviation industry’s journey towards decarbonisation.

Rolls-Royce also published an album of photographs, of which this is one.

Note that the motor was designed and made by Yasa.

September 18, 2021 - Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , ,


  1. Yasa and their axial flux motors, so successful they were purchased in July by Mercedes Benz

    Comment by fammorris | September 18, 2021 | Reply

    • Do you realise that Daimler and Rolls-Royce used to jointly own mtu. I suspect Rolls-Royce and Daimler are on pretty good terms and are both watching the aircraft for different but complimentary reasons.

      Did you look at Yasa’s web site. It appears their 400 kW motor is about eight centimetres thic?. Ideal for aviation and automotive purposes.

      I first came across mall powerful motors in 1968. I went to look for a possible job at Reyrolle Parsons in Newcastle. One of their guys said they had developed a small electric motor that could fit in the wheel of a car. Was that one of the first axial-flux motors. They were talking of putting four motors in a car.

      Comment by AnonW | September 18, 2021 | Reply

  2. I can’t be the only person to wonder at the choice of name of this aircraft – Spirit of Innovation.

    Spirit is at core of Rolls Royce Motor Cars – it is a model name – Silver Spirit, and the company’s iconic bonnet figure is the Spirit of Ecstasy.

    The choice of silver for a colour for the aircraft again has it roots in all the Silver X motor company model names – Silver Ghost, Silver Wraith, Silver Dawn, Silver Cloud, Silver Shadow, Silver Spirit, Silver Spur, and Silver Seraph.

    Somebody hasn’t done their homework.

    Comment by Robin St.Clair | September 18, 2021 | Reply

    • I seem to remember that Rolls-Royce have some copyright’s over the name. It was all a bit mixed up.

      Comment by AnonW | September 18, 2021 | Reply

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