Successfully fly the first electric plane, but we will have to wait to get on one
What will the planes of the future be like? Will they make their flights sustainable with the environment? There is no doubt that air transport produces polluting emissions above any other type of transport. In a context marked by the climatic emergency, developing more sustainable modes of transport that do not contribute to global warming is essential.
In this sense, the era of electric airplanes began to take shape a few years ago. The future of this sector will have to be linked to the development of new models that do not damage ecosystems. Therefore, the European Commission launched the 'Clean Sky 2' project with the objective that by 2050 40 percent of the fuel used on flights below in carbon dioxide emissions.
15 minutes of flight on the first electric planern
Flying on an electric plane a few decades ago seemed like a utopia, but it may now be a possible alternative, although not in the short term. There are already cases of companies that have launched into the development of this technology such as Zunum Aero, which has been working since 2013 on the creation of an electric aircraft that runs on batteries to fly in 2020.
Many airlines are implementing more efficient aircraft fleets that reduce fuel consumption, but much work remains to be done. Recently, an American airline has just completed its first fully electric commercial flight. Harbor Air, in collaboration with the MagniX company for engine design, has made an inaugural 15-minute flight from the city of Vancouver.
The big problem is the batteryrn
This flight has been made by a DHC-2 seaplane reformed with an electric motor and, without a doubt, it is a great achievement that can mark the starting point towards electric aviation. Not only because of the reduction of pollutant emissions to the planet but because it will save maintenance costs.
However, the big problem that this technology presents for commercial use is the limitation of batteries, which only allows for 160-kilometer journeys. From Harbor Air they have indicated that they will have to wait, at least two years, to start renewing their fleet of 40 seaplanes to be completely electric. Then, it has to go through the approval of all competent authorities.
Therefore, we will still have to wait a few years to get on a fully electric plane.