When Airplanes Are Designed To Be Energy Agnostic, You Know Electricity Is Banging At The Door

April 20th, 2019 by Nicolas Zart on Clean Technica The amount of breakthroughs and progress electric aviation has made this past decade are awe inspiring. We’ve got news practically every day of electric airplanes (e-planes) and electric vertical takeoff & landing (eVTOL) aircraft under development, planned for market, or already arriving. When you look back to long-off dreams of electric VTOL aircraft back …

Vancouver-based airline is switching entire fleet of planes, 500,000 passengers annually, to electric

In addition to being a great efficiency improvement, with an electric motor, the planes’ engines don’t need to be rebuilt every 2,500 to 3,000 hours. Maintenance is much lower.  Harbour Air Is Switching Over To 100% Electric Seaplanes, April 6th, 2019 by Nicolas Zart in Clean Technica It’s always great hearing stories such as a new one from seaplane operator Harbour Air, which …

The race is on to build batteries big enough for planes to fly on clean electricity.

Norway announced last year that the country wants all domestic flights to be electric by 2040.  Beyond the hardware, electric aircraft stand to change airline business operations. Electric motors can allow for very short — even vertical — takeoff and landing, which means they don’t necessarily need an airport with huge runways. So rather than airlines, these aircraft could operate as …

The Green New Deal doesn’t need to choose between planes or trains. Here’s why.

According to a January Hart Research Associates and Normington-Petts poll, likely primary and caucus voters in California, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire and South Carolina are all more inclined to back a candidate with a Green New Deal-like proposal. Those states will play a major role in selecting the Democratic nominee. The Green New Deal doesn’t need to choose between planes or …

Should we cut way back on flying? Stop going to conferences?

Ed Note:  On the “good example” end of the spectrum is a zero carbon retreat next Monday and Tuesday that is entirely online and free: https://www.zneretreat.com/ By Lloyd Alter Should we just stop flying to conferences?  It really isn’t necessary but it sure is a lot of fun. I am conflicted. The Passivhaus movement is growing all over the world, and …

Airlines are free of fuel tax and cheap flying generates more of it

Ed Note:  On the “good example” end of the spectrum is a zero carbon retreat next Monday and Tuesday that is entirely online and free: https://www.zneretreat.com/ By Lloyd Alter Should we just stop flying to conferences?  It really isn’t necessary but it sure is a lot of fun. I am conflicted. The Passivhaus movement is growing all over the world, and …

Bell Shows Its 5-Seat Nexus Air Taxi, Aiming for 50 cents a mile, while Rolls-Royce Builds World’s Fastest Electric Airplane

January 16th, 2019 by Nicolas Zart on Clean Technica The air taxi space is crowded — if not on paper, then with prototypes and flying demos. Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company, is a global helicopter leader and no stranger to the vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) world. It announced the Bell Nexus, a hybrid-electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft a few …

Pipistrel (a Designer for NASA and Siemens) Unveils Electric Vertical Take-off and Landing Aircraft Concept For Uber Elevate

May 13th, 2018 by Nicolas Zart  Hot on the latest Uber Elevate summit this month in Los Angeles, Pipistrel planned the unveiling of its electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft concept to the public. Pipistrel eVTOL Concept — Faster & Further The race to design what could essentially transport us from place to place through the air in city limits — …

Angelenos spent 102 hours in peak hour traffic on average, last year. Traffic speed in London hasn’t risen in 150 years (was 3.5 mph then and is still)

Americans are driving farther and longer than ever before, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. For 2017 through September, Americans drove 1.3% more — or 32 billion more miles — than in the same period in 2016.1 That’s equivalent to about 170 round trips between the Earth and the Sun. Other countries are seeing a similar trend.2  Economics are a contributing factor, …