High-voltage whirlybird

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French Minister for Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy Segolene Royal inaugurating the Volta, an all-electric helicopter, at the Paris Heliport in Issy-les-Moulineaux on Wednesday.

The helicopter was developed by French firm Aquinea in partnership with France's National School of Civil Aviation. The helicopter can fly for between 20 and 30 minutes depending on conditions and is powered by a lithium ion battery.

It is capable of flying at 150kmh.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 21, 2016, with the headline 'High-voltage whirlybird'. Print Edition | Subscribe