Tuesday 19 September 2017

Would you fly on an electric plane? Route between Paris and London set to be possible in the next ten years

Wright Electric's model plane
Wright Electric's model plane

Mark Molloy

A start-up has unveiled ambitious plans to offer an electric-powered commercial flight between London and Paris in the next ten years.

Wright Electric believes the proposed low-emission electric plane would offer a cheaper alternative to jet fuel for airlines and consumers.

However, the start-up’s bid to revolutionise short-haul flights relies on the continued advancement of battery technology.

The company, who pitched to investors this week, would be forced to switch to a hybrid of aviation fuel and electricity if the advances in battery technology fail to materialise.

“Depending on how it’s designed, you can have an electric plane that’s substantially less loud than a fuel plane,” Jeff Engler, the start-up’s co-founder told the BBC.

“The way we’ve designed our plane is to have modular battery packs for quick swap using the same cargo container that’s in a regular airplane.

“We want it to be as fast as possible, so airlines can keep their planes in the air as long as possible and cover their costs.”

Budget airline Easyjet says it has entered into discussions with Wright Electric about the “exciting” technology.

Telegraph.co.uk

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