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 example, firms in China are developing “smart” roadways that can simultaneously charge eclectic cars and send critical data as it drives over the road.
Examples in the west look no further than the growing popularity of electric vehicle 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 based in the Middle East, working 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 energy and 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 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 technology of Eviation’s aircraft will certainly be sophisticated. 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 demonstrate 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.
Then you have completely different alternatives to long distance travel like Elon Musk’s Hyperloop. How do you see the future of transport playing out? Let us know!