I don’t think the air commuter world is ready for all-electric aircraft. Certainly the aircraft isn’t ready.
Electric airplane prototype takes first flight in Washington
The plane, built by startup Eviation, was built to carry nine passengers and up two pilots. It took off from Moses Lake, Washington, at 7:10 a.m. Tuesday, and landed eight minutes later.
The aircraft’s “TARGET SPECIFICATIONS” include a planned, eventual range of 250 nautical miles. At best, a short range puddle jumper.
Max payload of 2,500 pounds. Divided over the alleged 9 passengers, and you’ve got 277 pounds apiece. Considering modern American’s girth, some of them may be able to bring a purse.
Hoped for max speed would be 260 knots. We’ll see.
Maybe. Probably not, unless someone invents a radical new electrical energy storage system. I’ve yet to see the battery with sufficient energy density to make passenger aircraft theoretically practical (excluding some LTA concepts).
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