Norway aims for all short-haul flights to be 100% electric by 2040

It already has more electric cars than any other country in the world and also has shipping projects underway. Avinor, the public operator of Norway’s airports, has said that all of Norway’s short-haul airliners should be 100% electric by 2040, in a bid to be the “first in the world” to switch to electric air transport. “We think that all …

China’s 1st Electric Airplane Gets Range Boost

January 4th, 2018 by Tim Dixon by Clean Technica.  Originally published on EV Obsession. On November the 2nd of 2017, the updated version of China’s first electric airplane had its maiden flight. It is a two-seat electric trainer aircraft — similar to the Pipistrel electric aircraft plus other industry efforts to develop electric aircraft or hybrid aircraft and the required components and subsystems. RX1E-A The RX1E-A was designed by the Shenyang Aerospace University …

Aircraft emissions were found to be responsible for 6% of Arctic surface global warming to date and 1.3% of total surface global warming

The effects of aircraft on climate and pollution. Part II: 20-year impacts of exhaust from all commercial aircraft worldwide treated individually at the subgrid scale M. Z. Jacobson,*a J. T. Wilkerson,a A. D. Naimanb and S. K. Lelec Received 8th March 2013, Accepted 16th April 2013 DOI: 10.1039/c3fd00034f This study examines the 20-year impacts of emissions from all commercial aircraft …

More Launch Details About Zunum Aero Electric Hybrid Planes

Electric commuter plane, backed by Boeing, could take off in 2022: Small airliner powered by two electric motors would seat up to 12 passengers and cheaply fly trips under 1,000 miles (1,600 km), 6 Oct The Guardian and Reuters  Artist’s rendering of Zunum 2022 hybrid-electric plane. Photograph: HANDOUT/Reuters A Seattle-area startup backed by the venture capital arms of Boeing and JetBlue Airways has announced …

At least six developers have retail air taxis in the pipeline

At least six developers have retail road-air vehicles in the pipeline, so it’s time to watch the skies  An artist’s impression of Lilium’s flying cars in action. Photograph: Lilium.com Tori Blakeman, The Guardian, 10 September 2017  A little white winged pod lifts itself off the ground and glides off into the distance. The whole movement looks effortless. It’s like watching Luke Skywalker’s …

Lilium electric jet and air taxi: Germany’s Tesla?

Excerpt from Tech Crunch, 5 Sep 2017 It is the insistence that the Lilium VTOL jet should be solely electric-powered that really stands out and has left some aviation experts skeptical that the startup can reach its goal of speeds up to 300 kph and a distance of 300 km. Wiegand sounds unfazed. “The biggest challenge is with batteries… Compared to gasoline, …