August 6, 2013 AT 3:00 am

Electric plane for under $40K

espyder electric plane

eSpyder electric aircraft goes on sale for under $40K

Electric aircraft company GreenWing International has announced the release of its first 50 eSpyder single-seat electric planes, which will be sold as build-it-yourself kits for for under US$40,000.

It’s propelled by a 24 kW (32 hp) motor powered by a 13-kWh onboard lithium battery. GreenWing says that the eSpyder’s custom charging system monitors the health of the battery in order to achieve the best performance possible.

According to GreenWing’s figures, the eSpyder can cruise at speeds of up to 68 mph (109 km/h), though to optimize efficiency it can cruise in economy mode at 38 mph (61 km/h). Standard flight times fall between 60 and 90 minutes. Recharging the battery takes 2 to 3 hours.

In Germany, the eSpyder has been DULV certified, making it the first electric aircraft to be certified at a national level.


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