We are not only in the era of electric cars, this concept is spreading to all vehicles, from motorbikes, to heavy vehicles and even to airplanes.
The company is called Eviation, and presented its first prototype of an all-electric aircraft, which will have a range to fly about 965 kilometers on a single charge. This small plane has the capacity to carry six passengers and two crew members.
The business model the company wants to implement is similar to that of Uber, but applied to aviation. That is, small aircraft that have low costs in terms of maintenance and operation.
“At this point, where we are most connected, our mobility options must adapt to reflect this new and efficient future. Our all-electric aircraft represents a chance for people to move with the speed and impact our global economy now demands”, said company CEO Omer Bar-Yohay.
Although it has been revealed only the prototype of EviationAircraft, the company says that it has already carried out proof-of-concept missions. Electrek also informs that Eviation intends to advance to the certification and marketing stages until 2018, although the first production model may not reach 2020.
According to the European Global Climate Change Commission, the air sector accounts for more than 2% of total global emissions. “If global aviation were one country, it would be classified in the top 10 emitters”, said the Commission. In fact, shifting the air industry away from greenhouse gas fuels is a key prerequisite for global environmental change.
This Eviation aircraft could be a key element in instigating this change, since the company’s objective is to provide services “that cost fossil fuel but have zero emissions”. By making its aircraft attractive in the economic field as well as in the environmental field, the company would provide a service that people need and at the same time help save the environment.
The air transport sector is seeing significant growth thanks to NASA, which is currently involved in several projects.
Eviation Aircraft is actually part of the agency’s On-Demand Mobility program, and NASA is also responsible for the GL-10, an electrical concept that works like a mixture of a helicopter and an airplane.
Wright Electric also leads and plans to make a much larger aircraft than the one now presented by Eviation. Wright will have a capacity to carry 150 people, which means it could replace traditional aircraft on medium-haul flights, from New York to Boston.
The possible realization of these projects would be a major step forward in the global effort to end our dependence on fossil fuels and undo some of the damage already caused to the environment.