eSpyder Electric Airplane Goes On Sale Sor Under $40K

eSpyder Electric Airplane Goes On Sale Sor Under $40K

Electric aircraft company GreenWing International has announced the release of its first 50 eSpyder single-seat electric planes  in the US at a price of $39,990 for the complete kit that includes everything you need to fly. The company will also be taking orders for completed aircraft in Europe where the eSpyder has achieved German DULV certification, making it the first electric aircraft to be certified at a national level. The price in Europe is €34,990.

GreenWing is only currently taking 25 orders in the US and 25 in Europe. The company says that it has limited the initial run in order to ensure "outstanding service" for customers. The company is aiming to deliver the kits before the end of the year.

GreenWing is taking 25 orders in the US at a price of $39,990 and 25 in Europe at a price of €34,990

The eSpyder is a compact little flyer, measuring 5.9 m (19.4 ft) nose to tail, standing 2.4 m (7.9 ft) high with a wingspan of 10.1 m (33.1 ft). Empty, the eSpyder weighs 186 kg (410 lb).

According to GreenWing’s stated figures, it's propelled by a 24 kW (32 hp) motor powered by a 13-kWh onboard lithium battery and the 32 hp electric motor can propel the eSpyder to maximum air speed of 68 mph. Peak efficiency, though, is found in an “economy cruise” mode that holds the tiny plane at 38 mph  (61 km/h), which translates to about 90 minutes of flying time in between 2-3 hour battery charges. Granted, it ain’t Chip Yates’ baller ride.

Standard flight times fall between 60 and 90 minutes and Recharging the battery takes 2 to 3 hours

GreenWing International is a spin-off of Yuneec to focus on the electric aircraft developed by that company, including the eSpyder and e430.

Sharp-eyed readers will notice that this “production version” of the eSpyder is a highly evolved variant of the eSpyder than Wired flew back in 2010. You can see Wired’s video of that flight at the bottom of this page. Enjoy!

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Write by: RC - Sunday, August 4, 2013

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