Norway Plans All Electric Flights
|Source: Zunum Aero|
Electric Passenger Planes to Take-Off in Norway
By 2040, Norway is committed to having all of its short-haul flights, from its airports, on electric aircraft. This is one of the most dramatic government examples of cutting down on carbon dioxide, greenhouse gas emissions from the airline industry.
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Currently small planes comprise the electric aircraft market. There are no airliner sized electric planes being built. But Norwegian government and aviation industry officials believe that will soon change. Boeing, NASA and Airbus are diligently working on prototype designs. Boeing's Zunum Aero has plans for a 12-seater by 2022 and a 50-seater by 2027. There are more than 100 electric powered aircraft projects currently around the world.
Norway's terrain is mountainous and there are many offshore islands. There are many airports because in many cases it's easier to fly to locations. Most flights take 15 to 30 minutes. Norway wants 25 to 30 seat electric planes. And it's determined to have the first electric passenger planes go into service by 2025.