Fastest electric aircraft over a 3 km course
Who
Extra 330LE
What
342.86 kilometre(s) per hour
Where
Germany (Dinslaken)
When

The world’s fastest aircraft powered by an electric motor is the Extra 330LE, produced by German manufacturer Extra Aircraft. During a flight on 23 March 2017, from the Dinslaken Schwarze Heide airfield in Germany, the plane reached a record top-speed of 342.86 km/h (213.04 mph) – 18.84 km/h (11.71 mph) faster than the previous record. The aircraft was piloted by Walter Kampsmann (Germany).


The Extra 330LE is a single-wing aerobatic plane, weighing approximately 1,000 kg (depending on configuration), and driven by a 50-kg Siemens SP260D electric motor, delivering a power output of 260 kilowatts (about 350 horsepower). It is 7.5 m (24.6 ft) long, 2.6 m (8.6 ft) high, and has a wingspan of 8 m (26.3 ft) and wing area of 10.84 m² (116.7 square feet).

The day after setting its new speed record, it also became the first electric aircraft to tow a glider, pulling a LS8-neo glider to a height of 600 m (1970 ft) in 76 seconds.