At the 2019 Paris Airshow the world’s first commercial all-electric nine passenger aircraft, Alice, made its debut. While this is only a prototype, is success indicates a new niche in the airplane market.
The prototype can travel up to 600 miles on the battery alone. Besides the positive impact this energy efficient alternative would have on the environment, it is also a good business decision for professionals already in the aircraft business and those looking to invest claims BBC news. There are 2 billion flights per year that fly under 500 miles. Typically for a 100-mile flight it will cost $400 dollars in fuel, but with this electric option it would be approximately $12 for every 100 miles. MagniX Chief executive Roei Ganzarski says “We are not an environatalist company, the reason we are doing this is because it makes business sense.” Whatever the motivations for advancing technology in the Aircraft industry, the environment is thankful.
Alice is not alone in the market, the H55 Bristell Energic two-seater jet is around as well. A clean, quiet, cost-efficient, and safe aviation solution for those wanting to get into flying while minding the environment. The Bristell Energetic is the perfect plane for small trips around the country with a flight endurance of about 1.5 hours. This plane can also be very useful for flight training and will help flight schools cut down on fuel and maintenance costs immensely, think of the help it could be for military training all over the world! People are very interested in this new type of aircraft and discovering all the ways it can benefit them.
While purely electric planes are the focus of many companies in the market, some companies are taking a different approach and are trying to develop a hybrid plane. The hybrid plane would be a mix of conventional and electric power, helping cut down on CO2 emissions greatly. Employing many of the same ideologies of a hybrid car engine, the plane the plane would use the fuel when it took off and then switch to the battery once it began cruising. An example of this is, Rolls- Royce, Airbus and Siemens are working on a plane that will have two megawatt electric motors mounted on the BAE 146 jet that will be named the E-fan Programme, they are planning on it flying in 2021.
The world today cannot continue to use the natural that are quickly diminishing, these planes are a step in the right direction. Planes today are already 70% more efficient than they were 30 years ago which is terrific, but why should we stop there? The innovative minds behind the production of these new electric planes are doing the world a great service. An aviation revolution is among us and the day of fuel free air travel is closer than it seems.