China’s second electric aircraft - the RX1E Ruixiang two-seater - has been batch produced in Shenyang, the capital of Liaoning province, according to Liaoning General Aviation Academy, the designer of the aircraft and owner of the intellectual property rights.
It's similar to the first electric airplane, E430 in terms of design.
Made of carbon fiber composite material, the RX1E uses a 10 kilowatt-hour lithium battery, enough for a 40-minute flight. Charging takes one-and-a-half hours and restores enough energy to make a 40-minute flight – all for about 5 yuan (80 cents).
The RX1E is suitable for industrial and agricultural use, entertainment and teaching purposes. It is also suitable for high precision aerial surveying due to its low level of vibration.
Xinhua News Agency reports a maximum cruising speed of up to 150 kilometers per hours (93 mph), and the ability to climb to 3,000 meters (10,800 feet) at a maximum takeoff weight of 480 kilograms (1,056 pounds). The plane has a takeoff distance of 290 meters (930 feet), and a landing distance (probably over a barrier) of 560 meters (1,792 feet). Power comes from a 30 kW (40 hp) Sineton A37k154 electric motor, according to Dan Johnson’s site. This is different from Yuneec’s approach that uses a company-produced powerplant.