Electric planes to Paris ‘in ten years’

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Mark Bridge has reported Massachusetts-based start-up Wright Electric is working with EasyJet to develop electric passenger aircraft, which it claims could be used for flights from London to Paris within ten years. The company suggests removing the need for aviation fuel would bring down the cost of short-haul flying and mean that airliners were quieter and greener. The group is relying on rapid advances in battery technology to enable electric flights with a 300-mile range. If battery technology develops more slowly than it expects, the firm will work on a hybrid plane using batteries to provide a power boost on take-off and climbing, which it says would still be more efficient than existing aircraft. Airbus and Boeing are also looking at the technology.

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