Electric aircraft might just be the solution for the future aviation. It is quiet, which would be a huge relief for the people living near the airports. Its design looks like it is taken from the futuristic picture and looks really good in the sky. But most importantly, it is one of the greatest solutions for when it comes to renewably-fueled travel so far.
“Aviation is on the verge of a major shift in propulsion,” said Terry Hamlin. The VP of electric and hybrid-electric propulsion at Siemens also says: “One is a reduction in fuel consumption. Another is a significant reduction in emissions that can only be met by really disruptive technologies. Finally, there’s the needed reduction in aircraft noise.”
There are not many companies dedicated for research, development and production of electronic aircraft. It is both very expensive and complicated process. However, the companies that are willing to make the leap are huge market players and are jumping to the future.
One of the key players is Siemens company. Although it is not willing to become an original manufacturer of electrical vehicles. But it surely plans on contributing as a partner to other manufacturers. Many electrical aircraft in testing like Magnus LSA, already contains some part manufactured by Siemens – electrical motor for instance.
The company has a partnership with Airbus and Rolls Royce to develop the E-Fan X, a hybrid-electric technology demonstrator. It is supposed to be able to fly by 2020 already.
Uber is another big player when it comes to all-electric air travel. However, just like the original Uber services, the company would not own the air taxis.
Eviation is a startup, which was created only three years before. The Israeli company is developing its electrical aircraft, which is supposed to be in the skies by 2021.
Here are a couple of examples of electrical vehicles:
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