We first reported on the Elektra One project earlier this year after the craft completed its first flight in Germany. The single-seat airplane has a stated cruising speed of over 100 miles per hour and can stay in the air for more than three hours, giving it a range of more than 250 miles.
The solar powered craft weighs 440 pounds, and can only carry 220 pounds, which includes the weight of the pilot. Although the performance specifications may not seem all that impressive, the Elektra One is one of the most promising solar airplanes we’ve seen in the very limited market, most of which, like the Solar Impulse, have huge wingspans.
When we first covered the Elektra One, we noted that the craft was projected to cost $1450,000, which would include the plane’s hanger. With the debut of the airplane in America, it seems the companies are standing by that original number, and hoping to start taking orders for the high-end green inovation sometime in 2012.