Five electric planes that will take you to the skies soon

April 23, 2024
While electric cars and buses are quite popular nowadays, with Tesla becoming the best-selling luxury car brand in the U.S., it's still hard to find an electric plane to fly on. Nevertheless, as aeronautical engineers and aviation industry leaders recognize this, there is a push to develop electric planes, Jowi Morales writes for SlashGear.

NEW YORK - Developing green technology is crucial, especially as aviation accounted for nearly 3% of global CO2 emissions in 2019. While this might seem a small percentage of the total, it's still over a billion tons of CO2 in the air. Furthermore, unlike jets and turboprops, most piston-engined planes still use leaded fuel, making it one of the biggest sources of lead pollution in the U.S. today. That's why electric planes are crucial to help the aviation industry clean up its act, Jowi Morales writes for SlashGearContinue reading original article.

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

23 April 2024 -The five aircraft seleted by Morales and SlashGear include the EcoPulse from Airbus/Daher/Safran, Ampaire's Eco Caravan, the Diamond eDA40, Eviation's Alice, and the Velis Electro from Pipistrel.

While all the aircraft listed by SlashGear are electric, they vary quite a bit in both readiness and use cases. Pipistrel's Velis Electro has already received its type certification and is a twin seater with a range of approximatley 50 minutes and a ceiling of 12,000. The electric flyer is based on Pipistrel's Virus two-seater ultralight.

Eviation's Alice is envisioned as a regional aircraft with nine seats that was engineered around its twin-engine that can fly up to 250 nautical miles with a payload up to 2,500. Eviation aims for the entry into service by 2027.

Related: All-electric 'Alice' passenger plane takes inaugural flight

Related: The EcoPulse aircraft demonstrator makes first hybrid-electric flight

Related: Ampaire's Electric EEL breaks hybrid flight endurance record, 12 hours

Jamie Whitney, Senior Editor
Military + Aerospace Electronics

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