Electric flight has progressed in leaps and bounds over the last few years as motors and batteries have become better optimized for flight. And now a team of five electric flight enthusiasts is setting out in the electric Pipistrel Velis Electro plane to show just how far the technology has come.
electric aircraft Stories August 29, 2020
electric aircraft Stories February 18, 2020
Two solar airplane aviation companies with stakes in electric urban air mobility (UAM) teamed up to put an unmanned aerial vehicle in the stratosphere for a whole year using only sunlight as energy. Another project aims to reach the edge of space with a solar airplane.
electric aircraft Stories November 23, 2018
In a new first for electric flight, researchers at MIT have succeeded in achieving heavier-than-air powered flight using an engine with no moving parts.
The experimental aircraft is paving the way for highly efficient, zero emissions, zero noise, and almost zero maintenance flight.
electric aircraft Stories November 28, 2017
Battery technology improvements are expected to soon enable electric flight and companies in the field are preparing their powertrain technology to support it.
In a major move toward that goal, Airbus, Rolls-Royce and Siemens have announced a new partnership to gradually convert a plane to electric propulsion. expand full story
electric aircraft Stories October 25, 2016
The first electric and VTOL aircraft by Zee.Aero, a startup reportedly heavily funded by Google co-founder Larry Page, is believed to have been spotted at the Hollister Airport in California, where the company has a hangar. expand full story
electric aircraft Stories September 30, 2016
With quite a few new electric car announcements this week coming from the Paris Motor Show, we thought we’d switch things up a bit and show you all a pretty neat all-electric, “revolutionary and affordable” paramotor aircraft from Revolt in Italy.
electric aircraft Stories June 9, 2016
Earlier this year, we wrote a profile on an interesting startup, Zee Aero, developing a battery-powered vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft near Google’s X lab. The company caught our attention when it started hiring talent from NASA, Tesla and Stanford.
At the time, we couldn’t confirm where the money was coming from, but today we learn that Alphabet’s billionaire CEO Larry Page is secretively behind the electric aircraft startup, reportedly financing it with over $100 million, and even setting up a competing startup, Kitty Hawk, to test another model.
The group’s proximity with Google led a lot of people to believe it was financed by the tech giant, but in fact, Page is financing the initiative himself and not through Alphabet or Google Ventures. expand full story