Taurus Electro G2 Pipistrel's Second Entry in EAA Electric Flight Prize Competition
Pipistrel's Taurus Electro G2 is entered in EAA's $60,000 Electric Flight Prize competition this summer.
Editor's Note: The $60,000 Electric Flight Prize has been postponed until EAA AirVenture 2012.
One of the aircraft AirVenture 2011 attendees can witness in action during EAA's $60,000 Electric Flight Prize competition is Pipistrel's second entry - the Taurus Electro Generation 2 (G2), the first two-seat aircraft powered by an electric engine to fly in the world. It joins the company's 4-place G-4 in the competition, which is sponsored by Wicks Aircraft Supply, Dynon Avionics, Aircraft Spruce & Specialty, and AeroLEDs.
The G2 self-launching electric glider is also in serial production and available to customers. With an optional battery pack, the Electro G2 has the potential of 17 minutes endurance up to 6,500 feet. Once power is exhausted, the propeller, mounted on a pylon behind the flight deck, automatically retracts with the touch of a button and it becomes a glider.
Its maximum gross takeoff weight is 1,000 pounds with a takeoff roll of 520 feet.
The G2 is based on extensive testing of the Taurus Electro prototype, representing a step up with better reliability, handling and performance. With the new Pipistrel 40kW electric power-train, the G2 has better performance than its gasoline-powered counterpart Taurus as it can use a shorter runway, has a faster climb rate, and performs much better at higher altitudes. It also is lighter and more powerful than the previous version. Batteries are custom-developed lithium-technology batteries in two configurations - 4,000-ft or 6,500-feet altitudes.
Pipistrel claims a world first in a full set of on-board networked avionics with a fly-by-wire power train management system, a great improvement over the manual system used in the Taurus Electro prototype.
A state-of-the-art battery system that uses information from the past to see into the future.
Power controller: the power inverter/motor controller features self-protection logic against current spikes, over temperatures and other potential abnormal situations.
ESYS-MAN cockpit interface instrument!
A color-display cockpit interface instrument with a bright screen readable in sunshine indicating drive mode and important flight information, such as engine retraction and extension.