Are Electric Airplanes Actually Really Going To Happen?
The world is going green, believe it or not, world leaders are actually being put into pressure by their people to lower their respective countries’ carbon emissions, and so electric vehicles are now a thing. Even third world countries are now trying to transport their public transportation system to mainly involve electric cars and lower air pollution. The mention of electric cars is nothing new to us, but lately, it’s getting bigger and bigger. Just recently it has been announced that the world’s first electric monster truck is now running. With such an impressive achievement like that, our imagination is the limit. That means, even electric airplanes are possible, but how long do we have to wait?
The SAE had a blog post recently hinting that electric aircrafts are on the horizon, but research and innovation for it will have to pass many hurdles and hardships first before electric airplanes can become commercially available. After all, when it comes to airplanes, the range is given utmost importance because it can also mean the safety of the passengers, and the current batteries available that can fit aircrafts simply do not hold enough energy density to be viable.
However, research and development for viable batteries are now underway, and it’s not an exaggeration to say that the research is extensive. Ever been annoyed by planes passing by over your house because of their loud noises? Well, once it’s commercially available, near-silent electric airplanes would be the face of aeronautics.
Airbus company conducted the first E-fan electric aircraft in 2014 and, since then, have run a series of tests. Airbus hopes that the experiments that they are conducting would be the first steps to creating an electric 90-passenger commercial jet.
If you can’t wait for electric planes, you don’t need to wait anymore, as every type of vehicle is being transported to the green side. It is just a matter of time until the majority of people can get their hands on their own environment-friendly vehicles as well.