Nice news from the people from the land of electric flight: a new speed record is set with these special electric vehicles. The French pilot flew the electric airplane (a Cri Cri from EADS, the mother company of Airbus) and achieved 162 miles per hour.
It is good to see electric flight taking off like this, achieving nice speeds and knowing that they will increase their field of application; currently they can only fly for about an hour or two, so don't expect big commercial airlines to pick this form of flight up soon. However, it is gaining popularity in the flight school industry and for the same reasons it might even be commercially attractive for parachutists.
Read the full report on the speed record here