While we are still getting used to the view of electric cars – which is, to be honest, still rather a rare sight –the Wright Electric company is already in the clouds. But let’s make things clearer: their plan is to replace a conventional air fuels with electric batteries which would significantly decrease the flight costs.
New start-up company Wright Electric claims that in 10 years they’re going to develop a ready-to-fly electric drive that would make an “electric” flight from London to Paris completely feasible. The plane is going to have at least a 150 passenger capacity. The maximum flight range would be about 300 miles. As the company assures, giving up on a classic jet fuel could drastically reduce price of the flight.
British Easyjet has shown an interest in the new technology. “Easyjet is holding talks with Wright Electric and wants to co-work on development of this exciting technology” – the company said to BBC.
However, some significant barriers are to be overcome in order to make this all real and possible. Industry experts take the idea with a grain of salt. Graham Warwick, an editor of Aviation Weekly magazine, says that there is a “long way” to bring such technology into “life”. “Jet batteries technology is still not available”, he said to BBC. “We project that someday it will come, but you need a significant general technology development in order to achieve that”.
But even in this new segment of the airline industry there are some big competitors – like giant Airbus which has been develping its electric two-seater E-Fan.
But there are also some other innovations in the businness. E.g. the Boom company (supported by sir Richard Branson) is working on a jet similar to Concorde. Their target is a London-New York route made in 3,5 hours (a travel which now lasts at least 8 hours). The tests are to be launched later this year.