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The world's first all-electric racing aircraft

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​Electric-powered sports aircraft
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​Electric-powered sports aircraft

An Airbus-backed air racing tournament unveiled an electric-powered sports aircraft, billed as the world's first, as the European planemaker seeks to boost its green aerospace technology.

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​Other competitors
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​Other competitors

Several companies, including US ride-hailing company Uber Technologies Inc, are working on electric-powered flying cars, amid increasing concerns about the environmental impact of fossil-fuel intensive air travel.

Last month, Airbus rival Boeing announced a partnership with automaker Volkswagen's sports car brand, Porsche, to develop a concept electric flying vehicle capable of transporting people in urban environments.

Image credit: https://airracee.com/

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​Who will manufacture?
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​Who will manufacture?

Air Race E said the aircraft, called White Lightning and unveiled at the Dubai Air Show, will be manufactured by UK-based Condor Aviation.

In pic: Air Race E Chief Executive Jeff Walkman poses for photos next to Air Race electric race plane during the first day of Dubai Air Show in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

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​Flight speed
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​Flight speed

The aircraft will use an electric motor that will carry it at flight speeds of around 482 kilometers (300 miles) per hour on a tight 5 kilometer (about 3 miles) circuit, just 10 meters above the ground.

"The racing series will provide a test bed for innovation and accelerate the journey towards electric commercial travel," Air Race E Chief Executive Jeff Walkman said.

In pic: The Air Race electric racing aircraft is on display during the first day of Dubai Air Show in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

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​How it works
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​How it works

Lithium batteries installed under the fuselage of the plane will provide power for five minutes of high intensity racing and around 10 minutes of reserve flying at reduced power.

Image credit: https://airracee.com/

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​Launch
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​Launch

Air Race E is aiming to be the world's first all-electric airplane competition when it launches its inaugural series of international races in 2020. It expects to this week name eight teams for its first race.

Image credit: www.airbus.com

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