Electric planes in ten years feasible?
Aviation is on of the few industries with increasing emissions. That’s why Easy Jet thinks about electric planes for short distance flights and this might be possible within 10 years.
Worldwide the aviation sector is responsible for 2 to 3 % of all greenhouse gases and this share is rapidly growing. Low cost companies generate more air traffic which increases the emission.
Moreover, kerosene is not taxed like other fuels, so, in this case, the polluter doesn’t pay. “Regarding the CO2-impact of a flight journey, an airplane ticket should cost 5 to 10 times as much as today”, says Belgian climate ambassador, Serge de Gheldere.
Not if, but when…
Easy Jet CEO, Carolyn McCall states: ” The question is not if but when we will fly electric, for short distance flights of course.” She believes in 20 years time flights shorter than 2 hours will be electric. “By 2027 the first electric plane for 120 passengers should fly.”
Possible but not simple
Johan Driessen, energy expert at KU Leuven comments: “It is possible to fly electric, but doing it in ten years from now is very ambitious. Smaller planes with propeller technology might have a range of 700 kilometres but for journeys over 1.000 km planes need more energy.”
This implies heavier batteries which increases the consumption of the plane. “Batteries should become two times as powerful as they are today to make things possible, but this won’t happen tomorrow. A hybrid solution, with electric power being used during take of and landing, might be an interim solution to reduce emissions.”