The Pipistrel Taurus G4, world’s first fully electric 4-seat aircraft, won the NASA Green Flight Challenge in October 2011 and helped to write the history of electric flight!
The winning flight of the Pipistrel Taurus G4 at the NASA Green flight Challenge (more about NASA GFC HERE) wrote the aviation history as one of the longest, fastest and most energy-efficient flights of electric powered aircraft, especially since this was the FIRST EVER flight of an electric 4-seat aircraft!
Team Pipistrel’s winning 4 seat, electric-powered aircraft, the Taurus G4, flew nearly 200 miles non-stop while achieving 403.5 passenger MPG! Its astounding efficiency was more than twice that of the piston-powered aircraft in the competition.
Ivo Boscarol, the general manager of Pipistrel, said:
“We are happy to have had the opportunity to raise the limitations of the electric flight one step higher. What was science fiction three years ago is reality today!
Pipistrel has proven that at the moment, aircraft industry has far overtaken the automotive industry – no car in the world is capable of driving 250 miles with the average speed higher than 100 miles per hour and the fuel consumption of less thank one gallon per passenger – what is more, we did this regardless of the weight limitations in aviation and despite huge founding that the automotive industry has. This achievement was made by Pipistrel and nobody can take this away from us anymore.”
Background and technical specification of the aircraft:
The Taurus G4 was developed specifically to race at the $1.65 million CAFE/NASA Green Flight Challenge (GFC) to be held in Santa Rosa, California, with the team Pipistrel-usa.com, lead by Jacob W Langelaan.
Pipistrel’s new, twin-fuselage plane was created by combining two Taurus G2 fuselages, connected by a 5-meter-long spar. A 145-kilowatt brushless electric motor, developed for the new Pipistrel’s 4-seat aircraft Panthera, is mounted between the passenger pods and drives a 2-meter-diameter, two-blade propeller in tractor configuration. Taurus G4’s full wingspan is about 21.36 meters (75 feet).
The exact results of the NASA GFC can be seen here: http://cafefoundation.org/v2/gfc_2011_results.html