Lithium battery is short-lived, to put it mildly – White lightning can only last five minutes in all races, and 10 minutes spare power with less power. You won't see endurance races with this one. Air Race E boss Effeff Walkman, instead, describes the planes and the tournament as a "test bed" that will encourage electric flight as a whole.
The racing tournament does not start until 2020 and some details have yet to be nailed. Aviation Race E is only ready to name eight teams for the first race later this week. It could be a turning point for a fast electric flight, and the technological breakthroughs made here can translate into everyday air travel in the coming years.