UQM PowerPhase motor helps set two new Guinness World Records at California air show

By: InnovatioNews Thursday October 24, 2013 0 comments Tags: Chip Yates, Eric Ridenour, Longmont, UQM Technologies

LONGMONT - Two new Guinness World Records were set this month for electric-powered airplanes using a UQM PowerPhase motor and controller, UQM Technologies announced.

Chip Yates set the records at the Capital Air Show in Sacramento for his fuel-free flight, UQM said. Yates now holds 16 electric-vehicle world records.

"Yates has taken electric-powered transportation to new heights with his latest round of records," said Eric R. Ridenour, UQM's president and CEO. "Unlike internal combustion engines, the power output of our electric motor is not affected by altitude, providing steady and consistent power."

During the air show, Yates set a Guinness record for speed of climb to altitude in an electric airplane, reaching 1,640 feet in 62.58 seconds from a complete stop.

He also set a record for speed over one kilometer in two passes, reaching 220.9 mph on the first pass and 212.9 mph on the second for a new world record of 216.9 mph.

"We're extremely excited by all these world records and their implications for potential commercial and military applications of electric vehicle technology," Yates said.

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