So Much talk about Electric Cars, but what About environmental conscious flying in the skies?
Passengers may soon be able to access a cleaner option for air travel by using electric jets.
EasyJet, the British-based budget airline, has revealed plans to launch a fleet of electric planes for short distances by 2030. This would eliminate noise and carbon emissions from its operations.
The British based airline is already in partnership with US-based manufacturer Wright Electric to build battery-propelled jets for flights of less than two hours.
Wright Electric already has a two-seater operational electric plane and plans to begin flying a nine-seater next year. It was founded in 2016 and has currently applied for a patent on a motor for an electric airliner.
EasyJet hopes to blaze the trail with Electric ‘flyways’ – popular routes – such as London to Amsterdam.
Johan Lundgren, the airline’s chief executive believes the plan is feasible especially because the technological advancement is ‘moving fast, he said.’
Speaking from Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport, he said: ‘From the two-seater aircraft, which is already flying, to the nine-seater, which will fly next year, electric flying is becoming a reality and we can now foresee a future that is not exclusively dependent on jet fuel.
‘The target range of the electric plane is around 500 kilometers, which, within our current route portfolio, would mean a route like Amsterdam to London could become the first electric ‘flyway.’’
Environment and Economically Better
Wright Electric predicts electric planes will be up to 10 percent cheaper and 50 percent quieter than traditional jet-fueled aircraft for airlines to buy and operate.
CEO Jeffrey Engler said: ‘We are excited about what the next year holds. EasyJet has been a fantastic partner and we look forward to helping introduce low-emissions, low-noise aviation, to Europe.
Given the continuing rise in the price of jet fuel, many airlines would welcome a way to manage cost and reduce emissions while increasing their profit margins
As such, several high-profile engineering companies are also working on electric aircraft. Zunum, backed by Boeing, will use an engine turbine from France’s Safran to power an electric motor for a hybrid plane, while Siemens has been working on developing electric motors for aircraft in collaboration with Airbus.
It seems the race to electric planes is raging too, almost as hotly as that for electric cars.