Today’s world is a digital world, so here is the upcoming and advanced gizmo to relieve the ever increasing threat of air pollution. Let’s experience the ride in this electric airplane.
The 53rd International Paris Air show held at ” Le Bourget Airport” near Paris, France ended on 23 June. A huge gathering of electrical aircraft, Aviation elites from around the globe were seen at the air show, emphasis were made over safety concerns after the two Boeing 737 Max airplanes crashed in the recent times. Huge number of airplanes were showcased during the event . Paris air show sold planes worth $5 billion. The highlight of the show was $4 billion electric plane. More than 400 fossils fuel- powered aircraft worth $15 billion were sold as airlines stocked up to serve the world’s increasing demand for air travel.
The Israeli startup Eviation electric aircraft took a “Double Digit” number of orders for a $4 million electric plane dubbed Alice.
The electric aircraft can fly 1,046 km (650 miles) at around 440 km/hr (276 miles per hour) using three electrical motors on the tail and one on each wingtip. The prototype carries a 900 KWh lithium-ion battery (about nine times bigger than Tesla’s largest automobile battery). But the weight of the battery is an issue. The weight of the battery is too much and becomes a point of inconvenience for the airplane. It is expected to enter service by 2022. Extending 40 ft. (12m), the plane can carry only nine passengers.
Electric aircraft propulsion is much cheaper: 10 times less experience for fuel alone. Having the good features of lower maintenance, faster turnaround and more durable systems, electric aircraft can save millions of dollars for short-haul air crafts each year.
The aviation industry contributes 2-3 % of the global emissions and countries cannot reach their climate goals without addressing that. Sweden and Norway say that they are planning to make all short flights electric by 2040. Besides these countries, Scotland, the Netherlands, California and the U.K have began to put financial aids to reduce their aviation emissions.
A small aircraft, like a turbo-prop “Cessna Caravan “, will use $400 on conventional fuel for a 100 mile flight, says Mr. Ganzarshi. But in case of electricity, it’ll be between $8 – $12, which means very low costs per flight hours. Now, the aviation star-ups are focusing in removing expensive and polluting jet fuels and replace them with electric batteries.
Future of electric aviation:
The year 2019 has been set as a turn-off year to start testing the electricity powered airways and by 2022 , one can hope to book a ticket for an all-electric commuter flight. While the electric transport or vehicles market is still small to some extent, with just over 2 million units were sold in 2018, and this marketing could be a great success of worth $285 billion business by 2030, according to a 2017 Goldman Sachs study.
Resolutions against carbon emission:
The idea of reducing the large amount of carbon emission will be halved by 2050, an Eco- friendly pledge by the aviation industry, is the another reason for exploration of various electric options by major airlines industries. Back in May, 2018 when transportation network Uber and US space agency NASA signed a deal to collaborate under the Space Act Partnership for the development of an urban aviation rideshares.
List of electric aircrafts:
This is a list of electric aircraft, whose primary flight power is electrical.
- Type– Eviation Alice. Country– Israel. Class– propeller. Power Supply– Battery. Role– Commercial. Date– 2022. Status- Testing. Notes– 2 piolet, 9 passengers, 444km/hr cruise & 1,367 km range.
- Type– NIX. Country– Czech republic. Class– Propeller. Power supply– Battery. Role– Two seat airplane. Date– 2018. Status– Project. Notes– Testing and prepairing serial production.
- Type– Ac PROPLUSION Solong. Country– US. Class– UAV. Power Supply- Solar. Date– 2005. Notes– First around the clock- flight, at night using energy stored in batteries.
- Type– Aerovironment Bionic Bat. Country- US. Class– Propeller. Power Supply– Hybrid. Role– Experimental. Status– Prototype.
- Type– Agnustalvestland Project Zero. Country- Italy. Class– UAV. Power Supply– Cable. Role- Experimental. Date- 2011. Status– Prototype. Notes– First Large Scale all electric tilt- rotor.
- Type- Air Energy AE- 1 Silent. Country– Germany. Class- Motor Glider. Power supply- Battery. Date- 1998. Status- Production.
- Type- Airbus A3 Vahana. Country- US. Class- Propeller. Power Supply- Battery. Role- Experimental. Date- 2018. Status– Prototype.
- Type– Airbus E-Fan. Country– France. Class- Propeller. Power supply– Battery. Role– Trainer. Date– 2014. Status– Cancelled. Notes– Co- developed with aero composite Saintonge.
- Type- Alisport silent club. Country-Italy. Class– Motor Glider. Power supply– Battery. Status- Production. Notes- First production Alectric Aircraft.
- Type- APEV Pouche lec. Country- France. Class- Propeller. Power supply- Battery. Date- 2009. Status- Prototype. Notes- Development of the pouchel light.
Concluding the above, the future of the electricity powered airplanes appears to be a bright side not only for humans but also for the mother nature. Going electric means less carbon-di-oxide emission and eventually a decrease in global warming. May this technology bring a revolution in our everyday lives.
” The impact is tremendous,” says Dror, ” Far beyond ‘ another new airplane. This is disruptive technology. And we believe the world is about to change, and soon”.