However, why settle for 2% when we could develop fully electric airplanes and cut aviation C02 emissions to zero? The future only works if the technologies we create solve problems. We have failed otherwise. Fully electric airplanes could be the solution.
Worldwide, flights produced 689 million tonnes of CO2 in 2012.
Electric Airplanes Will Change The Future
By 2050, we could see over 1300 new international airports and a doubling of commercial flights worldwide. Do the math and you can see we have a huge problem on our hands. We must find an alternative to the fuel burning combustion model that we are currently using. Fully electric airplanes could be the answer.
Airbus has introduced a new aircraft called the E-Fan. An all-electric two-seater aircraft that can fly entirely on lithium-Ion battery power. This is just the first stage of development for the E-Fan. Airbus hopes to introduce a new hybrid version for commercial flight in the near future.
Airbus Group plans to further develop the E-Fan technology demonstrator and to produce and market two versions of the aircraft by a subsidiary named VoltAir. The two-seater version E-Fan 2.0 will be a fully electric training aircraft powered only by batteries. – AIRBUS
According to the AIRBUS website:
“The successful first public flight of the electric E-Fan experimental aircraft was the highlight of Airbus Group’s E-Aircraft Day in Bordeaux, France. The flight demonstration was attended by Arnaud Montebourg, French Minister for Economy, Industrial Renewal and Digital Economy, Alain Rousset, President of the Aquitaine Region, Josy Reiffers, who represented Alain Juppé, President of the Communauté Urbaine de Bordeaux and Alain Anziani, Senator and Mayor of Mérignac.
The electric E-Fan training aircraft is a highly innovative technology experimental demonstrator based on an all-composite construction. Airbus Group and its partners are aiming to perform research and development to construct a series version of the E-Fan and propose an industrial plan for a production facility close to Bordeaux Airport. Airbus Group’s research efforts support the environmental protection goals of the European Commission, as outlined in its “Flightpath 2050” programme.”