Companies large and small are working on cleaning up the skies with electric airplanes, bringing back supersonic travel, and even flirting with the edge of space to transport passengers across the world.
It'll only have nine seats. But the low cost carrier expects larger electric planes in service by 2027.
This electric plane startup has just received its first order from a California-based jet charter company – and critics believe that it may usher in a whole new era of sustainable air travel in the United States.
Norway said on Thursday it wants to buy electric passenger planes in the coming years to help slow climate change, building on its success with big tax breaks that have made it the world leader in electric car sales.
Electric vehicles accounted for 50 percent of new car sales in Norway in December and now the country hopes “to be the first in the world” to switch over to electric air transportation.
The E-Fan X will offer partially electric powered flights that are cheaper, quieter, and more sustainable.
EasyJet has entered into a partnership with an electric aircraft manufacturer. The airline said it had been working with the U.S.-based business this year and revealed a prototype electric plane with a range of 335 miles.
Major aerospace companies are now moving to develop the future of flight with electric planes, self-driving taxis and personal flying vehicles.
Airplanes are a great convenience to society but not to the environment. Luckily, NASA is constructing an electric airplane designed to be more efficient and quiet.
The egg-shaped plane, called Lilium, has been heralded as high up as the European Space Agency. The plane, designed by four German engineers, takes off and lands vertically, meaning it can use helipads.
So this is cool. Electric airplanes have been gracing our pages for years now, and while they remain infeasible as a replacement for commercial airliners (duh), they continue to inspire folks with their increasingly impressive feats of sustainable
Photo: PC-Aero, used with permission. Quieter, Greener Flight The Elektra One plane by PC-Aero is competing to win NASA's CAFE Green Flight Challenge (there's a 1.6 million dollars prize). The goal is to create an aircraft that can "fly 200 miles in