Electric-Powered Airplanes are Under Research and Development, Business and Industry Trends Analysis

NASA has been developing a new all-electric plane called the X-57.  Powered by 14 electric motors, the aircraft, nicknamed “Maxwell,” would eliminate carbon emissions and reduce the energy required for a private plane to cruise at 175 miles per hour by a factor of five.  In the same vein, Airbus Group, Rolls-Royce and Siemens AG plan to work together on converting a small plane into a “flying test bed” to prove the possibility of hybrid-electric engines.  Specifically, the companies plan to replace one of four traditional engines in a BAE 146 (a 100-seat regional aircraft) with a 2-megawatt electric engine. …

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