According tomedia reports, local time on the 10th, the world’s first all-electric commercial aircraft took off from Vancouver, Canada, completed the first test flight. The plane was reportedly converted from a seaplane and was piloted by Greg McDougall, the founder and chief executive of Harbour Airways, on the day of the test flight.
McDougall was reportedly flying the plane for a brief flight over the Fraser River near Vancouver International Airport, where about 100 onlookers were on the sidelines shortly after the sun rose.
“Our goal is to really electrify the entire fleet. There’s no reason not to do that,” McDougall said.
In addition to fuel efficiency, he said, the company would save millions of dollars in maintenance costs because the maintenance costs for electric motors would be “significantly” reduced.
But the airline will have to wait at least two years before it can begin powering its fleet of more than 40 seaplanes.
The report says electric aircraft need further testing to confirm their reliability and safety. In addition, the motor must be approved and certified by the regulatory authorities.
In Ottawa, Canada’s transport minister, Mark Garneau, said before the test flight that he was “praying that the electric plane would work properly” and that if successful, “it would lead to a greener flight trend.” “
“This proves that all-electric commercial aviation is viable,” said Roy Ganzaski, chief executive of MagniX, a Seattle-based engineering company. “
The company designed the plane’s engine and worked with The Harbour Airlines, the report said. The Harbour Airlines is said to carry half a million passengers a year between Vancouver, Whistler Ski Resort, nearby islands and coastal communities.
Mr Ganzaski said the technology would save airlines a lot of money, not to mention zero emissions, “which marks the beginning of the era of electronic seviation”.
Civil aviation is reportedto one of the most important factors contributing to the rise in carbon emissions, as people increasingly prefer to travel by air and as new technologies start slowly.
In response, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) encouraged airlines to make greater use of efficient biofuel engines and lighter aircraft materials and to optimize routes.