© Easyjet When the heck did electric commercial flight become a realistic prospect?! Whether it was low cost carrier EasyJet planning electric passenger flights within a decade , or Boeing-backed Zunum’s plans to run battery-powered flights out of regional airports , I have not hidden my surprise at the fact that fully electric commercial flight is being seriously considered possible in the medium-term future. I mean, it wasn’t that long ago that I was surprised to see a plug-in hybrid Chevy Volt on my street. But progress just keeps on going, and now numerous outlets, including (appropriately enough) Life in Norway, are reporting that Avinor, Norway’s major airport infrastructure operator, is aiming for 100% of short-haul flights to be fully electric by 2040 at the latest . Avinor also wants to be running test flights on key routes as early as 2025. To be clear, we are only talking about flights of about 1.5 hours in duration or less—but that would still cover almost all domestic routes, as well as flights to nearby foreign capitals like Copenhagen or Stockholm. There are several reasons why this would be a pretty major deal. Firstly, and perhaps most importantly, short haul flights […]

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