To support reducing the environmental effect of aviation, several electric airplane startups have hit the tarmac running in current years.
And in the fight to end the atmosphere crisis, these latest companies are desperately demanded.
- The aviation industry has opened up some amazing entries, but at the same time, it is an incredibly wasteful and pollutive industry.
- According to Our World in Data, worldwide, aviation is responsible for about 1.9 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, and 2.5 percent of CO2 emissions.
In reaction, many conditions activists have accepted pledges to stop helping the aviation industry, instead of depending on other modes of transport for trips, as part of a movement called the flight to shame.
Australia in 2005
Founded in Australia in 2005, the company magnetic invented several revolutionary electric propulsion units that can be used to control small planes. And over the past few years, the company has worked with several other companies to fit their electric aircraft with the magnetic system, as well as established its test flights.
In May 2020, the company completed headlines when magniX and AeroTEC established the first flight test of a vintage Cessna Caravan 208B, which was retrofitted with an all-electric propulsion system made by magniX, and can seat nine people.
magniX assumes that the electric era of aviation will not only release carbon emissions from flights, but it will also eventually save money — both for operators and passengers.
Aviation is an electric aviation company based in both Washington state and Kadima, Israel. The company is currently working on a nine-seat plane called Alice, which Eviation believes is the first all-electric commuter aircraft on Earth. The Alice is powered by the magniX all-electric propulsion system.
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Alice’s average cruise speed is 250 knots (kts); this is comparable to a fuel-powered small plane, which typically flies around 280 kts, as per Aviation Coaching. “Our technology is not futuristic, it is realistic,” reads a statement on Eviation’s website.
“The world is ready for electric aircraft now.”
California-based company Ampaire makes hybrid and hybrid-electric aircraft, often by retrofitting vintage airplanes. The company was in the news in 2019 when it flew the first hybrid-electric test flight, of an airplane called The Electric EEL.
Just, Ampaire partnered with Hawaii-based Mokulele Airlines. As part of a joint trial program, Mokulule has run several test flights using small electric Ampaire aircraft.
According to Ampaire, these flights can cost 40 percent less than flights traveling the same distance using traditional fuel.
Eventually, Mokulele Airlines plans to sell tickets to commercial flights on Ampaire’s aircraft.
The core of the mission for our company is to build practical and compelling products that bring meaningful solutions as fast as possible,” Ampaire CEO Kevin Noertker told Fast Company in 2019, adding that retrofitting planes profits with that because these vintage planes already have a lot of regulatory approvals in place.
Electric aviation company beta Technologies
Electric aviation company Beta Technologies, which is based in Vermont, hopes to change the package delivery industry with its electric cargo planes. And it very well might — in December 2021, Forbes reported that Beta has a few very powerful corporate allies.
Beta is partnered with UPS, and the major company hopes to start delivering packages using Beta planes in 2024; additionally, Amazon is an investor in Beta, and Beta hopes to deliver packages for the company in the future as well, according to Forbes.
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