World’s First Commercial Electric Airplane Completes Test Flight

The world’s first electric commercial aircraft has completed a successful test flight.

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World’s First Commercial Electric Airplane Completes Test Flight

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Muhammad Mubeen Javed

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The world’s first electric commercial aircraft has completed a successful test flight.

Cars are shifting from fossil fuels to electric powertrains. But airplanes have been largely limited to jet fuel for ages. Several electric airplanes have been built, tested, and sold. But none of them were commercially viable.

The good news is that things are about to change soon. The world’s first fully-electric commercial aircraft has completed a short but successful test flight.

Harbour Air successfully tested the 1946 Havilland DHC-2 Beaver. It is a Canadian seaplane airline company. The plan has an electric motor. American firm magniX supplied this motor. After the successful flight, the aircraft is now dubbed the “e-Beaver”.

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Harbour Air had announced its partnership with magniX earlier this year in an effort to produce a fleet of commercial electric airplanes. Roei Ganzarski, CEO at magniX, commented that this signifies the start of the electric aviation era.

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Comparing the costs, this type of airplane powered by jet fuel burns about $300 worth of kerosene on a 1-hour flight, whereas the E-Beaver will cost no more than $10-$20 for a 160km journey. Unfortunately, E-planes will be limited to short journeys only since the energy density of lithium-ion batteries is minuscule compared to jet fuel.

Harbour Air believes that e-planes will go into full commercial service in 2022.

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