The electric aircraft will first fly in shorter distances and will gradually replace the conventional aircraft!
The prototype of the first electricity-powered airplane has already been displayed! The event took place last year at the "International Aeronautics and Space Show of Paris-Le Bourget", the famous, "Paris Air Show".
Alice is the name given to the aircraft, manufactured by Eviation, an Israeli company. The new aircraft will have the capacity to carry up to 9 people and its electrical capacity will have the autonomy to fly up to 650 miles distance, at a maximum speed of 270 miles/hour. It is expected to be officially flying in mid-2022.
Alice has aerodynamics different from conventional airplanes!
In addition to "electric fuel", Alice is quite unique compared to traditional standards!
Alice has three rear-facing propellers. One of them is on the tail and the other two are on the tip of the wings. The purpose of this aerodynamics is to neutralize the effects of drag. Alice's lower fuselage is flat, which helps in its support.
Such confidence in the new project, that more of 200 aircraft have already been ordered by a U.S. regional airline, Cape Air.
A joint venture between magniX and Siemens, will provide the electric motors to the aircraft. According to one of their directors, "the business potential for small electric aircraft is evident if you take into account the 2 billion airline tickets sold per year for flights less than 650 miles distance!".
Cessna Caravan, a small-sized aircraft, spends around $400 on conventional fuel for a 100-mile flight.
Not long ago, a nine-seat Cessna, powered by an electric battery, made a 30-minute flight over the skies of Washington state. Everybody wins at this point, such as the passengers, company owners, and mainly the environment!
There's only one obstacle left for the electric aircraft to be perfect!
The batteries of the electric aircraft when used on a longer journey, despite being 30 times more efficient ("energy-dense") than the current ones, do not last long.
Once this problem is solved, the tendency, at first, is to make electronic aviation mainly to short long distances.
Conventional aircraft is a huge polluter. Therefore, regulatory agencies are imposing some heavy demands in order to diminish this issue as soon as possible!
European regulatory agencies put hard pressure on conventional aviation companies!
The European Aviation Safety Agency, aware of the critical situation regarding the emission of CO2 by aircraft, began classifying aircraft according to their polluting level. This control, might restrict plane circulation as well as encourage new fuel alternatives, except the fossil.
Officially, France Aviation is taking off before all!
Electronic aviation has gained a major boost, thanks to the injection of resources that the French government has given to the aerospace sector. The €15 billion investment also includes a €1.5 billion research and development fund for the development of new forms of aircraft supplies.
Other clean fuel alternatives are being put into practice!
With the encouragement of the French government, by 2035, Airbus should put in the air, a zero-emission aircraft, powered by hydrogen. Another project in studies will be the manufacture of a regional aircraft, powered by hybrid electric motors, programmed for shorter distances.
In China, a flying taxi drone has already been tested in service and the result was excellent. The aerial vehicle, powered by electric batteries, for now, can carry two passengers and travel at about 62 miles/h or 100km/h.
Following electric aircraft, there is the flying car!
A flying car is an image we all have in the imagination. Especially the generation that enjoys the science fiction parade. Gradually, this fantasy becomes reality!
As amazing as it may seem, there are already several projects in studies for the deployment of the flying car that, can even be launched along with the electric aircraft! Yeah! It is a strong possibility!
Although the flying car still under study, it may initially carry four occupants, in addition to the "pilot driver". Its autonomy will be around 65 miles/electric charge. Researchers are still looking for solutions to solve the issues regarding short takeoff, which will be vertical and, of course, will require great power, that is, an additional expense of electrical charge.
Thus, flying car technology is even more complex than that of electric aircraft! Propulsion systems are another issue to be better searched.
While electric aircraft will solve environmental problems, flying cars will solve traffic jams issues! Just like Elon Musk is doing, other millionaires who have altruistic ambitions may start investing in this new niche.
They sure won't regret it!
Greenco encourages initiatives that not only revolutionize the transportation system but also will make skies air cleaner! Do give wings to your imagination, and so check it out here because it is pure creativity!