Are electric airplanes a thing now?

We’re pretty much used to electric cars, scooters and trains but are electric planes the next big th¡ng?
Well, there has been a huge demand for small electric planes for short local trips. 2 billion tickets are sold each year for flights shorter than 800 kilometres.
You may think that electric-powered aircraft is very new technology. In fact, it’s not that new. This type of flight was first tested in the 1800s.
Don’t get too excited, though. It’s going to be a long time before you can fly from Spain to New Zealand by electric plane. The biggest challenge at the moment is in developing electric technology for long-haul flights. The reason for this is because of the size of the plane in relation to battery power. Long-haul flights tend to need larger planes.
Hopefully, it won’t be too long before e-travel becomes mainstream. There are certainly advantages for the passenger. They include cheaper tickets, quieter travel and faster flight times.
And, of course, they are much more environmentally friendly. The emissions per person on a non-electric flight from London to New York is more or less the same as a person in Europe heating their home for a year.

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