Electric Planes: Charting the progress of electric aviation

All-electric flight is beginning to take flight in a drive to fight climate change.

Various companies including Boeing, Rolls Royce and Uber are currently developing electric vertical takeoff and landing (EVTOL) aircraft for commercial use.

Norway has revealed plans to replace all of its fuel-guzzling jets with electric planes on all domestic flights by 2040.

Harbour Air hopes to develop an all-electric commercial fleet, which it believes will disrupt the aviation industry, having completed a test flight of the world’s first commercial all-electric plane in Canada last month. 

The six-seater Harbour Air ePlane performed a 15-minute trial flight in the city of Richmond, south of Vancouver, on 10 December. It was piloted by Harbour Air CEO and founder Greg McDougall.

While some small electric planes like the Harbour Air ePlane have completed test flights, most of the focus is currently on hybrid planes, especially for higher capacity long distance flights.

In the below short documentary, CNBC looks at the progress being made in electric aviation.

Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She writes about lifestyles including sustainable and green living. She also offers content services to businesses and individuals at Rosamedea.com

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