Top 5 Reasons Why Your Next Flight Will Be Electric

Okay, the headline was a bit of a reach – if you fly tomorrow, in two months or in a year, chances are quite high that your flight won’t be powered by an electric engine. But on the other hand, you have to consider the fact that electric flight is the future, no matter how you look at it. The industry is slowly, but surely putting its focus towards developing an electric aircraft, capable of flying you to your destination. A perfect example of that is easyJet and its partnership with Wright Electric to develop an electric aircraft. It showcases that not only the manufacturers are seeking to make electric flight a reality, but airlines are also looking into it. So we ask ourselves the question why? Well, without any more delays, here are the top 5 reasons your next flight will be electric:

5. Party dress-code: Electric!

And at the party, you will find every member of the transport sector – cars, trucks, ships and trains. Not only the theme, but the trend is electric. The fact of the matter is, every mode of transport is going towards electricity. More and more countries are banning gasoline cars to be sold on a certain date. Cities are putting taxes up if gasoline cars want to enter the city center. Tesla is becoming one of the biggest car manufacturers out there, with the Model 3 consistently outselling its main rivals in the United States. And well, Tesla has been involved in aviation a bit. Namely, taxiing an aircraft.

Shipping is changing too – logistics companies are pledging to decrease their pollution. Scandinavian countries have already started using all-electric ferries to transfer passengers and cars on short distances. Cargo shipping is changing as well, with the biggest cargo companies around the world promising not only to reduce their CO2 emissions but completely eliminate them. And well, electric trains have been around for a very long time transporting passengers between their destinations.

4. Electric flight technology

While battery technology is not something new to this world, using it in commercial transport is. Every mode of transport is slowly shifting towards to electric, as the cost of batteries is decreasing and the technology keeps gaining momentum in the mainstream areas. Cars are a perfect example of that – electric vehicles keep increasing their market share in the world, with Norway leading the way here. We already have a few working aircraft that are powered by electricity. For instance, the Pipistrel Alpha Electro is already certified in the US and has already seen a fair share of flights done with it. Thus, as battery technology is getting more advanced and cheaper, we will definitely see more and more of electric aircraft in the air.

3. Electric Airways

As electrical engines require much less moving mechanical parts, the maintenance costs are reduced significantly. Instead of using fuel, aircraft will be recharged with electricity – which is much cheaper than aircraft fuel. The effects of rising aviation fuel prices can be seen right now – with a lot of airlines going bankrupt or having financial woes because of it. With this in mind, airlines are looking to reduce their costs as much as they can and eliminate the biggest expense – fuel. Matter of the fact is, airlines are very interested in the capabilities and possibilities of electric flight to reduce their costs all around.