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The Development of an Electric Airplane

Innovation Which Can Help Save Our Planet

Something which has long been deemed impossible seems possible after all: electric flying. The American company Wright One, named after the Wright brothers, is working on an electric airplane with a capacity of 150 passengers. This innovative mode of transport should be competing with the leading players in the sector including Boeing 737 and Airbus A320 models in the very near future.

Electric airplanes can turn the tables

While Tesla and Chevrolet are pioneering the world of electric automotive, American start-up Wright Electric presented their Wright One plans in Silicon Valley this week. The electric airplane, with 150 passengers onboard, can cruise distances of up to 500 kilometers. Roughly the distance between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Wright Electric’s goal is for every short flight to be electric within 20 years.

Big aviation companies such as Boeing and Airbus are still holding on to kerosene, because of the high fuel efficiency. But innovation can turn the tables. Electric engines are already three times more efficient than fossil fuel engines. But these fossil fuels still contain three times as much energy per kilogram. Wright hired multiple ex NASA-employees to solve this problem, and are backed by Y Combinator. An investor who previously supported successful start-ups Dropbox and Airbnb.

Wright is betting on two horses for maximizing the chances of success. If battery technology dramatically improves in the next ten years, which companies such as Tesla are desperately trying to achieve, electric flights on distances up to 500 kilometers are possible. If this doesn’t happen, they’ll resort to making a hybrid plane. Using technology similar to a Chevy Volt.

For now, gas will still be necessary for flights across the country or the world. But Wright Electric’s technology could make short flights much cheaper, and even more importantly: environmentally friendly.

We’re one of the front-runners when it comes to applying sustainable travel, thus limiting the effects of CO2 emissions. As a humanitarian travel organization, we operate in a sector which has relatively high 2carbon dioxide emissions. We’re happy to see innovations being done which can create a more sustainable and efficient way of travel. Please follow our daily updated blog to learn more about the latest development in our line of work.

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