Norway has a target to make all internal flights electric by 2040 and indeed their Transport Minister recently took a short flight in a two-seat electric plane around Oslo to highlight their plans. Solar and battery technology is moving so fast we may yet be surprised by how quickly commercial flights happen.
According to TheGuardian, Avinor, the public operator of Norwegian airports, “aims to be the first in the world” to make the switch to electric air transport, chief executive Dag Falk-Petersen said. “We think that all flights lasting up to 1.5 hours can be flown by aircraft that are entirely electric,” he said, noting that would cover all domestic flights and those to neighboring Scandinavian capitals.
In the near future, Avinor plans to launch a tender offer to test a commercial route flown with a small electric plane with 19 seats, starting in 2025. Norway, the largest oil and gas producer in western Europe, is paradoxically a leader in the field of electric transport. By market share, it has more electric cars on the road than any other country in the world – electric and hybrid vehicles represented more than half of new car registrations in 2017. ——————–***——————–
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Date: Mar 07, 2019 @ 18:09
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