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Breaking News largest electric plane in the world takes off | Breaking News

Largest Electric Plane In The World Takes Off

by: Damian Carington
largest electric plane in the world takes off | Breaking News

Nine-seater plane took off to skies on Thursday the 28th of May 2020 and produced no carbon emissions. The world’s largest all-electric aircraft took off to the skies for the first time.

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The world’s largest all-electric aircraft - retrofitted Cessna Caravan - the took off to the skies for the first time

Electric Plane Takes Off

MOSES LAKE - The American aerospace test and development company AeroTEC performed its first thirty-minute flight on Thursday (May 28, 2020) with the electric motor-driven Cessna Caravan 208B. During this flight, a flight altitude of 2,500 ft AG (763 m) was recorded, corresponding to 3,800 ft (1,158 m) above sea level.

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The Cessna Caravan retrofitted with an electric engine and flew for 20-30 minutes over Washington State in the US on Thursday the 28th of May 2020. The plane can carry nine passengers, but a test pilot undertook the inaugural flight alone, cruising at a speed of 114mph (185km/h). Engine maker magniX hopes the aircraft could enter commercial service by the end of 2021 and have a range of 100 miles (160km).

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Before the coronavirus pandemic, aviation was one of the fastest-growing sources of the carbon emissions that are driving the climate emergency. Scores of companies are working on electric planes. However, significant breakthroughs in reducing the weight of batteries will be needed before large planes can fly considerable distances on electric power alone. Other power sources being tested include hydrogen fuel cells and biofuels.

Recommended: Transport By Airships: Back To The Future With Zeppelins

Another Electric Plane: The De-Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver

The de-Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver, the seaplane powered by magniX that was the first all-electric commercial aircraft to fly in December 2019. The aviation industry is heavily regulated to ensure safety, but magniX hopes that by retrofitting an existing plane, the certification process can be accelerated. A smaller seaplane powered by a magniX engine completed a short flight in December. 

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In June 2019, another company, Ampaire, flew an aircraft powered by a hybrid electric-fossil fuel engine over California. Analysts at investment bank UBS said at the time that the aviation industry would move towards hybrid and electric motors for routes less than 1,000 miles (1,600km) long much more quickly than many think.

Roei Ganzarski, the CEO of magniX, said current airplanes were both expensive to operate and very polluting. “Electric airplanes will be 40%-70% lower cost to operate per flight hour,” he said. “That means operators will be able to fly more planes into smaller airports, meaning a shorter and door-to-door experience, with no harmful CO2 emissions.”


                                                     All Electric eCaravan Taxi Tests May 23, 2020

Ganzarski said the company believed all flights less than 1,000 miles in range would be utterly electric in 15 years. But he said: “Battery [energy] density is not where we would like to see it. While it is good for ultra-short flights of 100 miles on a retrofit aircraft and over 500 miles on a new design aircraft like the Alice, there is plenty of untapped potential in batteries. Now that the first commercial aircraft has flown all-electric, battery companies are starting to work more diligently on aerospace-ready battery solutions.”

Among the other companies developing electric aircraft are Zunum Aero, which is building a 27-seat plane with a 680-mile (1,100km) range and the engine maker Rolls Royce, whose Accel program aims to produce the fastest all-electric plane to date. However, in April, Rolls Royce and Airbus canceled their plans for a hybrid electric aircraft. The German company Lilium is working on a five-seater jet-powered electric air taxi.

The Cessna Caravan, being used by magniX, is one of the world’s most used medium-range planes, with more than 2,600 operating in 100 countries. The first flight is set for 8 am Pacific time on Thursday, weather permitting.

Original by: The Guardian

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