China on 19 June 2015 launched the world’s first electric passenger aircraft named BX1E that could be used in pilot training, tourism, meteorology and rescue operations.
The aircraft was designed together by Shenyang Aerospace University and Liaoning General Aviation Academy located in the northeastern Liaoning Province of China.
The first two BX1E aircrafts were handed over to Liaoning Ruixiang General Aviation Co. Ltd. Each aircraft is priced at about 163000 US dollars. They will be used for training the pilots.
The plane participated in the 10th China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition in Zhuhai, Guangdong Province in November 2015.
Highlights of the BX1E
• BX1E Electric Passenger aircraft has a 14.5-meter wingspan and a maximum payload of 230 kg.
• It can fly at an altitude of 3000 meters.
• If fully charged, the aircraft can have flight time of 45 minutes to 1 hour with a maximum speed of 160 km per hour. It can charge within two hours.
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Where: Launched by China
What: 19 June 2015