Why don’t we have electric planes?
When are commercially feasible electric cars going to take to the skies? There are a range of ambitious projects, including regional jets and aircraft that can travel longer distances, to develop electric-powered airplanes. Electrification is beginning to allow for a form of air travel that many wished for, but have not yet seen a flying car.
For decades, the concept of electric-powered flight has been around, but only recently has it started to take off. Today, there are more than a dozen start-ups and businesses exploring battery-electric and hybrid prototypes, and some even say that in the next decade, we might all nibble on pretzels and scroll through in-flight entertainment from zero-emission, battery-powered aircraft. […]