Did you know that the world’s first manned flight of a helicopter powered by an electric motor
took place in France in 2011 and was entered in the Guinness World Records book?
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The first electric helicopter hovered about 50 cm above the ground for just over 2 minutes at considerable personal risk to its pilot Pascal Chretien, an experienced helicopter pilot.
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A few years later in 2013 the world’s first two-seat electric helicopter lifted off for the first time in Germany. E-volo‘s VC200 Volocopter stayed in the air for several minutes and reached a height of nearly 22 meters. Unlike the one-seat prototype from France, the German multicopter can hover and glide by changing the thrust and torque produced by 18 spinning blades.
Helicopters require a lot of battery power to take off, hover, and land which is why unlike electric planes, cars and other electric vehicles floating around, the production of electric helicopters has been slow to take off.