Electric planes within 10 years?

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Aviation could be about to follow the auto industry
European low-cost carrier easyJet says it is teaming up with Wright Electric, a US start-up, to build an all-electric aircraft that would handle short-haul routes of up to 540 kilometres – no more than the distance between Stockholm and Oslo, for example.
The new aircraft would cover 20% of the airline’s passenger journeys. EasyJet CEO Carolyn McCall, who will be leaving the company in the next few months, says she hopes to have an electric commercial aircraft flying in the next decade.
“We can envisage a future without jet fuel and we are excited to be part of it. It is now more a matter of when not if a short-haul electric plane will fly,” she said.
Fuel is one of the biggest costs for airlines.
“Just as we have seen with the automotive industry, the aviation industry will be looking to electric technology to reduce our impact on the environment,” McCall added.
Wright Electric was founded in 2016 by a team of battery technicians, aerospace engineers and electric vehicle experts from NASA, Boeing and Cessna. It has received funding from Harvard University as well as Y Combinator, which helped fund Airbnb, Dropbox and Reddit.


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