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Electric Planes – Innovation Next G by Journalist Maryanne Kane of https://innovation-gamechangers.com

How would you like to fly 300 miles at an operational cost of less than $15.00 with no carbon emissions?  Electric Planes promise that and more.  They are both environmentally friendly and inexpensive to fly.  In fact, one prototype, e-Genius, has broken records doing both.  University of Stuttgart engineers developed this breakthrough innovation.  They tested it and e-Genius performs.  It’s the next generation of innovation in electric planes.

Electric Planes – The Alpine Journey

Planes powered solely by electricity are a big part of the future of flying.  They have no emissions.  And importantly they are incredibly cheap to operate.  University of Stuttgart engineers took e-Genius on a 300 mile flight over the Alps.  It flies at speeds of 142 miles an hour.  An all-electric motor and a single battery power the plane. A two member crew operates it.  Experts believe electric planes will be one of the big, game-changing innovations of the next ten years.  And of significant importance, some experts forecast they will be able to carry one hundred plus passengers by 2035.

Flight Plan

e-Genius set 7 world records in its historic flight a few months ago in Europe.  It climbed 20,000 feet in two minutes.  The aircraft burned no fuel and spewed zero emissions.  The aircraft operates nearly silently. Its silent operations could prove a game-changer in airport noise pollution and locations. Furthermore, the 2-seat plane used 25 kilowatts of electricity costing $3.00.  The $3.00 in electricity was expended during a 62 mile stretch of its test flight over the French Alps.  Reportedly, that is 20% of the energy consumed by a fuel-powered two seat aircraft.

Green Flights

The positive impact that electric planes would have on the global environment is huge.  Every year, airplanes release 500 million tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Since the beginning of the twentieth century, carbon dioxide levels are up 35%.  They will triple by 2050, according to international experts.  Obviously, airplane emissions contribute significantly to global pollution and global warming.

Green flights operate on clean, battery powered electric engines.  They don’t use petrochemical fuels.  They are innovation gamechangers for the aviation industry given their impact on cutting pollution and costs.

Future Focus

$22 billion by 2030 is the market potential of green planes.  Understandably, given the market size,, many companies like Airbus and Boeing work on development projects.  Increasing battery power is key.  Today’s batteries in the most advanced electric cars and planes power a range of about 250 miles or 400 kilometers.  In five years that doubles.  Some experts believe ten times the range by 2028.  For more on the future of electric vehicles, see our post Electric Cars Powered by Wired Roads”  https://innovation-gamechangers.com/2018/03/24/innovation-gamechangers-com-electric-cars-powered-by-wired-roads/   https://www.uni-stuttgart.de/en

 

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