easyJet Short-Haul Electric Jets

Startup Wright Electric has joined forces with easyJet to try to build an electric plane for short-haul flights.


(EasyJet to fly electric jets on short-haul routs)

“A collaboration with US company Wright Electric will support the goal for short-haul flights to be operated by all-electric planes. Wright Electric has set itself the challenge of building an all-electric commercial passenger jet capable of flying passengers across easyJet’s UK and European network within a decade.”

Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who revealed having his own design for a VTOL electric plane, says that such a system becomes possible once battery energy density reaches over 400 Wh/kg, while his Tesla vehicles are believed to be currently powered by battery cells with ~250 Wh/kg.

I'm pretty sure that science fiction great John W. Campbell was the first person to tell many Americans to start dreaming about electric aircraft, in his case, a solar-powered plane. That's from his 1930 story The Black Star Passes.

Will we see electric jets in our lifetime? They're working on it!

Via Electrek.

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