EasyJet is trialling a new 9 seat electric airplane
The development with US based Wright Electric who have a goal to market an aircraft to carry 150 passengers on 300m journeys by 2030.
This is ambitious stuff but makes perfect sense in a world where urban populations are demanding cleaner air. Jet fuel is a major contributor to the very low air quality found in and around airports. The attractions for airlines is obvious; unpredictable fuel costs are the major reason why airlines’ profits oscillate widely; not having to hedge against oil prices will be a massive boon and as all those airplanes are stored in massive hangars with huge roofspace, solar could be used to generate the electricity to charge the batteries.
Read about this exciting development here.