Gallery: Cri-Cri: The World’s Smallest Electric Plane Takes Flight


Reminiscent of James Bond’s fold-away Acrostar mini-plane, the Cri-Cri is the world’s smallest electric plane and this week made its official maiden flight at Le Bourget airport near Paris. Jointly developed by EADS Innovation Works, Aero Composites Saintonge and the Green Cri-Cri Association, the lillipution aircraft is the first-ever four-engined all-electric aerobatic plane.

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  1. curious1 November 14, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    It’s a miracle that it leaves the ground with such small horsepower. What is the horsepower of each electric motor ? It can’t be more than a quarter HP per motor for a total of one HP.
    Let’s be generous and say the total HP is two. That would be pushing the limits on the motor size as it appears to be about 4″ in diameter (compared to the pilot’s head dimension). Maybe they use large hidden rubber bands to back up the electric power.

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  3. mudshark12 September 9, 2010 at 1:46 am

    What an amazing airplane! Zero CO2 emission, practically noiseless as well as very stylish. I’m very impressed and hope they can come up with a longer range version some day soon,

  4. mkass September 8, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    This is a very cool concept. Hopefully this sort of technology will start to be more widely available. It would be great to have the flying motorcycle concept as an electric:

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