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You might soon be flying on hybrid electric planes

Apr 10, 2017, 6:01 AM EDT
(Source: Paul Lucas/flickr)
(Source: Paul Lucas/flickr)

A couple of startups, Zunum Aero and Wright Electric, have kick-started their respective campaigns to cut off aviation emissions and improve flight cost efficiencies with a fleet of hybrid-electric aircrafts, which they plan to fly by the early 2020s.

Washington State-based Zunum Aero, backed by Boeing and JetBlue, aims to introduce 10 to 50-seat aircraft that would ferry passengers on short routes, making use of underutilized airports in the U.S., which would boost the efficiency of regional travel in addition to cutting hours of travel time for flyers, notes MIT Technology Review.

Considering that about two percent of global greenhouse gases are emitted from the aviation industry, the breakthrough plane technology could significantly help countries meet their temperature goals set in the Paris climate agreement, writes Seeker. The experts believe that an all-electric commercial aviation model could take off only if the industry finds a groundbreaking battery technology for powering large aircrafts.  

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