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Electric airplane ready for it’s first flight

zmescience: Now disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic, the aviation sector has been one of the fastest-growing sources of carbon emissions in recent years. If global aviation was a country, it would rank in the top 10 emitters – accounting for about 2% of the global emissions.

The sector is not included in the Paris Agreement of climate change as one of the areas in which emissions have to be reduced. Nevertheless, companies are trying to find ways of reducing their carbon footprint, including the development of electric planes.

The world’s largest all-electric airplane will fly tomorrow for the first time over Washington state in the US. The plane, a Cessna Caravan with an electric engine developed by magniX, can carry up to nine passengers and might enter commercial service next year -– with a range of 100 miles (160km).

“It’s a niche market. But we can start now, get working on it and push the envelope to progress the entire industry,” said Magnix CEO Roei Ganzarski told The Guardian. “Let’s get to market quickly for the main purpose of being able to start this revolution.”

The airplane that will carry Magnix’s motor has been in production since 1982. By retrofitting the existing plane, Magnix’s goal is to show that commercial electric flight is possible right now. The motor delivers 750 horsepower, which the company says is enough propulsion for “middle mile aircraft” that can carry between 5 and 19 people.

Despite the Caravan would be the largest all-electric plane to fly so far, a Magni500-powered De Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver was the first aircraft to use the engine when it flew over Vancouver in December. The flight was a partnership with Harbour Air, a locally-based regional airline that owns the seaplane.

Ganzarski believes all flights of less than 1,000 miles (1,600km) would be completely electric in 15 years’ time. But he said more work has to be done regarding batteries. “Now that the first commercial aircraft has flown all-electric, battery companies are starting to work more diligently on aerospace-ready battery solutions,” he said.

Electric flight has a wide array of benefits that go beyond emissions reductions, according to Ganzarski. Electric aircraft need less maintenance than fuel-based planes and will be between 50% and 80% cheaper per hour to operate. That could also lead to cheaper ticket prices, he argued.

MagniX is not alone in the uphill battle. A few companies are promising a not-so-distant future of electric air taxis and plenty of others are developing both electric motors and the airframes to use them. The list includes firms like Airbus, Embraer and Rolls-Royce, and startups like Ampaire, Pipstrel Aircraft, and Zunum Aero.

Source: Published by zmescience

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Olalekan Ogunlowo
Olalekan Ogunlowo
1 month ago

This is a very welcomed development. The world is progressing.

OLADELE SODIQ
OLADELE SODIQ
1 month ago

It will be a very nice development

Ekigho Grace
Ekigho Grace
1 month ago

Wooooooooooow this is a great invention kudos to the engineers

Adewole olatunde samuel
Adewole olatunde samuel
1 month ago

This is a great innovation.

Adewole olatunde samuel
Adewole olatunde samuel
1 month ago

This is a great invention

Ruth Ayibaemi
Ruth Ayibaemi
1 month ago

Innovators in action

Olawoore Tesleem
Olawoore Tesleem
1 month ago

This is a great development, i wish it would be availablr Worldwide.

Gideon
Gideon
1 month ago

Waooo l love this keep it up the is progressing amazing

Chukwuka Obiosa
Chukwuka Obiosa
1 month ago

Personally i would like to know the mechanism behind that plane

Chisom Charles
Chisom Charles
1 month ago

Let’s give a try nothing is impossible

Abdulkadri Ayodeji
Abdulkadri Ayodeji
1 month ago

Sounds cool, but I feel like they should attach a solar panel to it just in case

Daniel Ntichika
Daniel Ntichika
1 month ago

Grt invention👍

ogunjemiyo Akinlami
ogunjemiyo Akinlami
1 month ago

Kudos to them,its a good innovation

Nwawuba Emmanuel Chibueze
Nwawuba Emmanuel Chibueze
1 month ago

A great development, Kudos to the manufacturers

Bariooma Gaius Sile
Bariooma Gaius Sile
1 month ago

This is the decision so far

Suleiman Abdullahi
Suleiman Abdullahi
1 month ago

Great development

Felicia Moses
Felicia Moses
1 month ago

Wow o, great invention

Oghenekome Sylvester
Oghenekome Sylvester
1 month ago

Well-done MagniX. I can’t wait to see it fly tomorrow

AREO Abiodun
AREO Abiodun
1 month ago

Good development, technology is always advance

PEDRO
PEDRO
1 month ago

This is great

OBIONWU CHIDERA progress
OBIONWU CHIDERA progress
1 month ago

Is welcome

Nelson Joseph
Nelson Joseph
1 month ago

This is a great development

Uzomacomfort
Uzomacomfort
1 month ago

This is indeed and advanced technology, faster, cheaper fair, with less maintenance

Anyaechem Benedict
Anyaechem Benedict
1 month ago

What a good news, but let them experiment the plane very well and also know the limit of miles s he can fly

Segun John
Segun John
1 month ago

Well a good development is good

Esther Areo
Esther Areo
1 month ago

Nice one it is improving the nation

Johnson Hernandez
Johnson Hernandez
1 month ago

That is great

Good development

Atijere Happy
Atijere Happy
1 month ago

This will be nice..since it runs on battery,solar panels can also be attached

adubi oluwafemi samuel
adubi oluwafemi samuel
1 month ago

Am happy to hear and see this

Olayinka Njoku
Olayinka Njoku
1 month ago

Nice one… advanced technology.

ojelabi babatunde
ojelabi babatunde
1 month ago

its a good mechanical initiative………but don’t bring it to Naija o……..

Ade Roju
Ade Roju
1 month ago

Nice project

Ndumnwere Chima
Ndumnwere Chima
1 month ago

Technology is advancing positively.
This is a great invention.

John Orobosa
John Orobosa
1 month ago

Kudos to the world of technology. A perfect innovation indeed.

Emeghurhie Peter
Emeghurhie Peter
1 month ago

The knowledge of science is improving daily and technology will soon take over everything now, very soon all vehicles will be made electric

ikechukwu
ikechukwu
1 month ago

this is nice and a good development

Emmanuel Aso otisi
Emmanuel Aso otisi
1 month ago

Technology is advancing everyday this a massive breakthrough

Victor Destiny
Victor Destiny
1 month ago

The word is Progressing at an interesting pace interms of technology and this is another good step . Very soon we might start to see alot of electric aircraft in the sky.

Omenogor Lucky
Omenogor Lucky
1 month ago

Wow that’s amazing, that’s really great to hear.

Abdulwahab Shayau
Abdulwahab Shayau
1 month ago

Technology is progressing very well

Idris yayah
Idris yayah
1 month ago

Great innovation.

Adepoju oluwapelumi
Adepoju oluwapelumi
1 month ago

This a good development,good work

Onafuwa Oluwasheyi Oladipo
Onafuwa Oluwasheyi Oladipo
1 month ago

This is good for the aviation industry

JOSEPH VICTOR MOSES
JOSEPH VICTOR MOSES
1 month ago

Nice one this is a great wisdom and knowledge understanding more grace from God jare you are doing well

Matthew chinedu
Matthew chinedu
1 month ago

it’s a great development

Fatima Abdullahi
Fatima Abdullahi
1 month ago

Kudos to them nice development

Ayodeji Adeniyi
Ayodeji Adeniyi
1 month ago

Really, it’s will be nice

Lokrit yilchini gomper
Lokrit yilchini gomper
1 month ago

This is a great invention…our planet will be saved

Obiezu Emmanuel Onyedikachi
Obiezu Emmanuel Onyedikachi
1 month ago

Good development in that sector love it very much. Kudos to the engineer

Obiezu Emmanuel Onyedikachi
Obiezu Emmanuel Onyedikachi
1 month ago

This is a good development from them love it very much. Woooooooo the person that built this really tried