Environmental, technological, and economic forces are ushering in a new era of transportation. Transportation infrastructures around the world are getting smart about how they generate and store energy. With renewable energy at the heart of this new approach, transportation models are being reconsidered.
For examples in the west, look no further than the growing popularity of electric cars in the US markets. Elon Musk has been having a difficult time keeping up with demand of his Tesla electric cars. While its safe to say Europeans have been on the electric wave for a while now.
Then there is Eviation, a jet firm based in the Middle East. Eviation hopes to take the way we fly into the 22nd century. Eviation is an Israel based start-up developing self-flying & electric passenger planes. The company is looking to release a 9 person commuter aircraft by 2021.
We are still a way from 2021, but the venture backed company claims these small electric aircrafts will incur lower operating costs, release no emissions, and be quieter than their conventionally fueled counterparts.
The aircraft is designed to have a range of 650 miles and a top speed of 276 mph. San Francisco to Los Angeles (381.9 miles) or Madrid to Barcelona (388.1 miles) in 1.5 hours.
While the promise of electric planes does sound interesting. The economics of operating one of these bad boys is a fuzzier picture. The company hopes to make on demand air travel accessible for the price of a train ticket.
Eviation will demonstrated the aircraft for the first time at the 2019 Paris Airshow. Between now and then it will be competing with similar concepts being developed at Boeing, Airbus, and Jetblue.
Seattle-area startup Zunum Aero, backed by the venture capital arms of Boeing and JetBlue Airways Corp, announced plans to bring a 12-seat hybrid-electric commuter aircraft to market by 2022. Additionally, Airbus is working on a four-passenger electric aircraft capable of vertical takeoffs and landings.
With reason there is a lot of interest in electric jets. Their promise offer several advantages to gas-turbine engines. Less pollution, lower costs. But will this market catch on? Let us know, would you ride one of these electric jets? Not gonna lie I might, if it is proven safe!