The world’s first fully-electric commercial aircraft flew into the Canadian city of Vancouver on Tuesday. It carried six passengers. The aircraft remained in the air for about 15 minutes. Vancouver-based Harbor Air and Seattle-based Magni X, which asserted themselves to be North America’s largest seaplane company, tested it by installing a 750-horsepower electric motor on a 62-year-old DHC-2 The Haviland Beaver Aircraft. The aircraft was tested on the Fraser River shortly after sunrise near Vancouver International Airport. Around 100 people were present during this period.
The aircraft was tested on the Fraser River shortly after sunrise near Vancouver International Airport. Around 100 people were present during this period.
Magni X CEO Roe Ganzarski said this proves that a fully electric commercial aircraft can work. Magni X has designed the aircraft motor and worked on it together with Harbor Air. Ganzarski said that while the carbon emissions due to the E-plane would be zero, the cost would be lower and fuel savings would be. He told reporters that it signaled the beginning of the electric aviation era. He said civil aviation is one of the fastest-growing sources of carbon emissions, as the number of air passengers is increasing rapidly, which is also a matter of concern.
Currently can fly up to 160 km
“We have made history today,” said Greg McDougall, CEO and founder of Harbor Air. Harbor Air plans to convert all 40 aircraft in its fleet into e-aircraft. Ganzarski said that the aircraft that flew, has limited speed and can only travel 160 kilometers with a lithium battery. Many other companies of the world are also working on such aircraft. It also includes Boeing and Airbus.