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Electric commercial aircraft

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  • December 12, 2019
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Electric commercial aircraft

Part of: GS Prelims and GS-III – Science & Technology

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  • World’s first fully-electric commercial aircraft took its inaugural test flight in Vancouver, Canada.
  • It involved a six-passenger aircraft fitted with an electric motor.
  • Seattle-based Engineering firm magniX designed the plane’s motor and worked in partnership with Harbour Air.
  • The push to electric could help slash carbon emissions in the high-polluting aviation sector.
  • The technology would mean significant cost savings for airlines
  •  An aircraft like the one flown in Vancouver could only fly about 160km (100 miles) on lithium battery power. Still, electric aircraft that can travel long distances remain a big challenge for the sector.
  • The e-plane has to be tested further to confirm it is reliable and safe. In addition, the electric motor must be approved and certified by regulators.

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