PHOTO CAPTION: Pipistrel Taurus Electro G2 motorglider

Pipistrel Introduces Second Generation Electric Glider

Taurus Electro G2 is the only electric 2-seat airplane in serial production available on the market.

Published: 17-Feb-2011

The second generation of the electric-powered two-seat self-launching glider Taurus Electro is now in serial production reports the company on its website.

Taurus Electro G2 is the only electric 2-seat airplane in serial production available on the market. Furthermore, Pipistrel believes it is the only truly useful electric aircraft out there, because the electric drive is applied to the glider airframe, where battery capacity is not a limiting factor in performance/endurance. Taurus Electro G2 represents a leap forward in performance, safety, functionality and user friendliness.

For the first time electric power outperforms its gasoline-powered counterpart – the Taurus. Taurus Electro G2 can use a shorter runway, climbs faster and is performs much better than the gasoline-powered version when it comes to high altitude operations. All this is possible thanks to the specially-developed emission-free Pipistrel's 40kW electric power-train.

The motor peaks at 40 kW for take-off and allows continuous climbing at 30 kW power. It is controlled by a specially developed power inverter/controller and governed by the cockpit ESYS-MAN instrument. All components are networked via CAN-bus, feature proprietary multilayer protection logic and produce a true throttle-by-wire experience.

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