World’s largest electric plane will carry 4 passengers in 2021
Future electric passenger aircraft just became a little bit closer to reality.
Magnix and AeroTEC have flown the world’s largest all-electric aircraft, a modified Cessna 208B Grand Caravan.
Typically, that Cessna model will carry one pilot and nine passengers (up to a possible 14 given a slight change in configuration), however for this test that number went down to just four, with a pilot.
That was down to the additional batteries to keep the e-plane in the air. Magnix and AeroTEC hope to eventually be able to carry a full nine people over 160-kilometres once the tech has been adapted.
That means in future, you could see electric planes like these go the same distance as Dubai to Abu Dhabi for US$6 (AED18).
The companies behind the electric plane see these types of Caravans reviving short-hop flights that have become impractical for many airlines (such as between airlines). Especially when you consider the fact that a 30-minute flight would cost just US$6 in electricity per passenger.
Of course, this will take a while for electric planes to become a regular site in the sky; this modified Cessna won’t be fully operational for another year, and then it will have to pass various tests before it would be allowed to fly outside the United States.
But it’s a real boon for the future of electric air travel, the environment, and airline tickets.
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