Taking Electric Revolution to the Skies: The Rise of Electric Planes!

Khryss | Published 2017-06-21 18:04
With the rising concern on the global warming, big companies up to ordinary citizens are finding ways to minimize their contributions on Earth's pollution. (Those who don't are just plain a***oles.) One of these efforts is the continuing resolution on the carbon crisis. This led us to envisioning the change in the Auto industry wherein no other cars except electric and/or hybrid vehicles will soon be used as our mode of transportation. And we are actually close to reaching this. Hence, humanity (or companies to be exact) has decided to move a little further and thought of taking this electric revolution to the skies. Mass-production of these electric aircrafts may even be getting more and more possible with the increasing competency of Battery Tech. Moreover, the most notable companies that are trying to make this electric flights come true are as follows: Siemens, a German firm, has proved the power of its electric aircrafts with breaking not just one but two records this year! Its "330LE" became the fastest electric aircraft with 340kph straight-line speed and broke the climbing record with 3 km rise from the ground in just 4 minutes. Not only that, it is also able to air tow. Pipistrel, a company from Slovenia, is preparing their fully electric aircraft to be utilized as a plane for flight training. "Alpha Electro" can save up to 70% of the budget (due to the fuel elimination) and takes only 45 minutes to charge. It even has a feature that monitors its batteries every now and then so that should there be any fault, it can do something to alleviate the situation. Aero Electric, an American company, is also going to use what's called the "Sun Flyer" for flight trainings. They claim that this could reduce the flight cause of $45/hr down to $1/hr. This is a particularly small plane that can fit 1-2 passengers and can last from 30 minutes up to 1.5 hours. While these sound efficient and eco-friendly, companies are still struggling with their battery energy density. As you can notice, these aircrafts are mostly used for short flights and can't go on long distances. But let me introduce to you the "hybrids". While these can't still be used for extremely long flights, it can at least fly medium distances (about 2 to 4 hours). Airbus is in fact already looking forward to the production of this type of plane by 2030 since the success of their "E-fan" as the first electric plane to cross the English Channel on 2014. Since we are still in the experimental stage, I just hope companies would not only focus on beating records and showing off but also on the safety of the passenger and the betterment of the aircraft. Soon, we might just be completely carbon-free in terms of aerial transportation. [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kb3OmhO7_ao[/embed]
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