Pipistrel VELIS electro ZERO EMISSIONS ELECTRIC AIRCRAFT - AVAILABLE NOW
Conceived to be a fundamental member of the Velis Training System, the Velis Electro was designed to be simple to operate and maintain, without compromising safety. Employing the Pipistrel’s type certified electric engine, the Velis Electro delivers power instantly and without hesitation – using a simplified user interface in a cockpit that maintains the same look-and-feel of its conventionally powered siblings. The reduced number of moving parts dramatically decreases maintenance costs and the risk of malfunctions is further minimized thanks to its built-in continuous health-monitoring system. This enhanced reliability allows the Velis Electro to have more than double the lifespan of powertrain elements in comparison to the previous generation of electric airplanes. SafetyAs part of the Type Certification, Pipistrel demonstrated that Velis Electro achieves the highest levels of safety, even surpassing those required for conventionally powered aircraft.Velis Electro is a full-electric derivative of the proven Virus SW 121, which is already type certified by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (TC No EASA.A.573). It is equipped with a Pipistrel type certified electric engine E-811-268MVLC (TC No. EASA.E.234), developed with partners EMRAX and EMSISO, and Pipistrel’s three-bladed composite fixed pitch propeller P-812-164-F3A.The 57.6kW liquid cooled electric engine provides power to the aircraft.
The power is delivered by 345 VDC electric system built around a liquid-cooled in-house developed high performance battery system, which includes two Pipistrel PB345V124E-L batteries connected in parallel, installed in a redundant 2-unit arrangement, total nominal capacity 24.8 kWh. Crashworthy, thermal runaway inhibiting, HIRF/EMI tolerant.
One battery pack is located in the nose of the airplane and the second behind the cabin. This ensures redundancy of the power source: in case of battery failure, the malfunctioning battery would get automatically disconnected from the system. A single battery is capable of standalone operation and has enough power capability to support climbing and continuation of flight. The battery liquid-cooling system consists of a radiator and two electrically driven pumps installed in series, located behind the rear battery pack. An air inlet for the radiator is located on left side of the fuselage, and the warm air leaves the fuselage at the bottom. Two high power axial fans are installed behind the radiator in order to allow battery cooling during charging. The fans are automatically controlled and monitored by the BMS for seamless operation.
Batteries can be charged via an onboard charging port using a Pipistrel electric charger. The whole operation is overseen by the Main computer, which displays the status of all systems on the Pipistrel EPSI 570C.
PERFORMANCEData published for 600 kg MTOW (1.323 lbs). All speeds in Knotsstall speed with flaps, VS0 45 KCASstall speed without flaps 51 KCAScruising speed (at 35 kW) 90 KCASmaximum horizontal speed at sea level 98 KCASnever exceed speed, VNE 108 KCASmax speed with flaps (+2), VFE 65 KIASmanoeuvring speed 100 KIASbest climb speed, VY 75 KIASmax climb rate 3.3 m/s (647 ft/min)best glide ratio speed 64 KIASbest glide ratio 15:1takeoff run – grass/asphalt 246/241 m (807/791 ft)takeoff over 50′ obstacle – grass/asphalt 453/409 m (1,486/1,342 ft)service ceiling 3,660 m (12,000 ft)endurance up to 50 minutes (plus VFR reserve)max load factor permitted @ (1.875) +4g -2gdesign safety factors & tested minimum 1.875