Electric planes: Short-haul travel in Norway to be fuel-free by 2040
Norway wants to make all short-haul flights – travelling up to one and a half hours – run on 100 per cent electric, it has been revealed.
Avinor, the state-run operator of airports in Norway, wants to be “the first in the world” to do it, according to 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 explained.
“When we will have reached our goal, air travel will no longer be a problem for the climate, it will be a solution.”
Electric planes: Norway hopes to make flights under two hours 100 per cent electric
The countries operator hopes to plan a test-route in 2025, with a small electric plane holding 19 passengers.
Airliners such as Boeing and Airbus are just two who of the companies looking into changing to electric-using flights and whether it is feasible.
Oluf Ulseth, the director of Energi Norge, explained the goals to NTB.
He said: “Our target is for Norway, based on hydro power and better collaboration between businesses and the authorities, to become the world’s first fully electric society by 2050.”
Electric planes: Norway already has the most electric cars on the road in the world
The Nordic country is already leading in the field of electronic transport
The Nordic country is already leading in the field of electronic transport – they have the most electric cars being used on the road in the world.
More than half of the new cars in 2017 were electric and hybrid.
Politicians believe that all cars in the country could use electric by 2025.
The UK is much further behind, with the government suggesting 60 per cent of new cars being electric by 2030.
Electric planes: The future of travel could end the problems of fuel emissions
Planes could also one day be powered by waste, in a bid to reduce the use of fossil fuels.
The Department for Transport, (DfT) in the UK is hoping to create fuel from rubbish to power aircrafts as well as cars and lorries.
It has already been trialled in Europe and North America, and could use 90 per cent less carbon.
By changing the fuel methods, DtF also reveals it could add £600m to the British economy in the next 10 years.