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Pipistrel's Taurus Electro has won the Lindbergh Prize for the best Electric Aircraft! [Press Release Follows]

In the best electric airplane category, there were several noteworthy candidates. It was very difficult to determine a winner, says the LEAP award website, as all of the finalists have done a great job creating the new world of electric flight. The finalists were:

• The Hugues Duval Electric Cri-Cri with power by Electravia.

• The Pipistrel Taurus Electro

• The Sunseeker II solar airplane by Eric Raymond

We are overjoyed to report that the final winner is the Pipistrel Taurus Electro!

The LEAP website arguments the choice with the following words:

"The Pipistrel Taurus Electro was chosen because it has a professionally engineered “plug and play” electric power system which is available for commercial sale to other airplane makers, and because it includes a completely integrated “solar trailer” that allows the airplane to operate independently of the commercial power grid. The integration and safety features are excellent and can serve as a model for industry standards for electric aircraft."

Ivo Boscarol, Pipistrel CEO received the award from the hands of Erik Lindbergh, the grandson of the legendary aviation pioneer Charles Lindbergh, who was the first person to fly across the Atlantic. In his speech, Lindbergh pointed out that his grandfather changed the opinion of the people of his time, who were convinced that flying is just a dangerous hobby for mad adventurists. From that history-changing flight onwards, flying became an interest of the wider public – the passengers. With his achievement, Charles Lindbergh set the foundation for commercial flight.

In the same way, Pipistrel is changing the electric aviation today. People used to think that electric aircraft, while conceptually possible, were just expensive toys for environmentalist pilots, until Pipistrel introduced the Taurus Electro, the first commercially available electric 2-seat aircraft in serial production. By offering it at the same price and with same performance as its petrol-engine counterpart, Pipistrel started a revolution in the way of thinking about the electric aviation, making it tantamount to the petrol-powered flight.

We are proud that our concept of Flying-for-free, the combination of Taurus Electro (an electric aircraft) with the Solar Trailer has convinced the jury, won the recognition in the world of electric flight and confirmed our leading role in the field of environmental thinking in aviation! Flying for free with absolutely zero emissions is possible, and our concept has proven it!

Pipistrel team would like to thank all the organizers ad the jury of the Lindbergh Electric Aircaft Prize for the great honour and recognition.

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