23 August 2018
BBC News Online reports that as part of its plans to reduce carbon emissions, Norway plans for “all short-haul flights leaving its airports to be on aircraft powered by electricity.” The plan is one of the “most far-reaching promises yet to cut down on aviation’s contribution to greenhouse gas emissions,” but to become feasible, the electric aircraft market will need to move beyond small planes to larger, commercial models as well. According to Dag Falk-Petersen, head of Norwegian airport company Avinor, Airbus and Boeing research into electric propulsion spurred the government to launch its program. To meet its domestic short-haul market, Norway wants aircraft manufacturers to develop a “25-to-30-seat airliner powered by electric motors, with the first of them introduced into service as early as 2025.” (Image: An Airbus Group E-Fan electric aircraft flies during the ILA Berlin Air Show in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, May 20, 2014. Credit: Associated Press–©)
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