Commercial aviation is responsible for about two per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions, and that share is expected to grow.

The first E-Plane is expected to take its first flight this year and will carry nine passengers up to a distance of about 1,000 kilometres. Its makers, Eviation, say it will enter service in 2022.

The operating costs are much lower for electrical engines, adding that it’s just a fraction of the price of aviation fuel — and the maintenance costs are lower, too.

The carbon footprint of producing the electricity for an e-plane should be lower than the footprint made by aviation fuel, particularly if the electricity is produced using renewables like hydro.


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