EasyJet plans to fly electric passenger jets by 2027

British airline easyJet is making progress on its plan to fly electric passenger jets on some of its routes by 2027. Its partner, US startup Wright Electric, has successfully flown a two-seater electric aircraft, and is now moving to the next stage of engine development. Wright is now working on an electric engine for a nine-seater plane that is scheduled to fly next year, and has filed a patent for a motor to be used in a larger, easyJet-size aircraft.

EasyJet is targeting a 10% cut in carbon emissions by 2022 by using more fuel-efficient jets, and hopes to have electric planes flying on routes of about 500 kilometers within the decade.

“Electric flying is becoming a reality, and we can now foresee a future that is not exclusively dependent on jet fuel,” easyJet CEO Johan Lundgren said.



Source: CNBC

  • SJC

    WRIGHT ELECTRIC is a ten person company in a business park.

  • itzman

    Without lithium air, there is no way to get more than an hour or so duration from lithium ion batteries.

    Otherwise the things is moderately feasible, subject to air safety rules and so on.

    But in reality this is just more green virtue signalling. It will never be economic.

    • mipak

      Lithium Sulfur, Lithium Metal, etc all can do 10 to 15 times LiON and it has been done in the labs most recently by Rice University. With nearly ZERO degradation of range over thousands of cycles. And 10 times the charging rate as well. It’s coming !!

      Your going to eat your words in less than 5 years.

      • itzman

        I doubt it.

        But then I am a qualified electrical engineer, of man many years experience, and you just smoke dope and trust in what people tell you. And I have flown dozens of electric aircraft and designed them too.

        I would be delighted to be proved wrong.

        Lithium air ducted fan jetliners with 12,000 mile range emitting zero anything charged from nuclear power stations and economically competitive with jets would be wonderful.

        But I aint holding my breath. Ive been flying Li-Ions since 2000 and they haven’t gotten any lighter.

        And I have yet to see a single commercial LI-air that matches them.

  • EVman88

    I call bullcrap. The KW required for this plane would last less than an hour. Maybe wait for that NanoCarbon battery that may or may not happen

    • mipak

      But battery tech is about to go ‘boom’ with recent discoveries of easily made Lithium Metal, Lithium Sulfur and Aluminum Air batteries which overcame their shortcomings (cyclicability, costs, charging rates and discharging rates, etc). These new batteries will have an order of magnitude greater range (10 to 15 times).

  • http://www.yopo.eu/ Gerardo Greco

    So, assuming the battery tech will continue to incrementally improve, this is feasible by the indicated year. Of course, by the same year our planet may already have become very different because of climate change, with bigger and more frequent turbulences becoming the real problem for the future of airway transport.

    • mipak

      Making those underground or ‘in-the-shaft vacuum tubes’ transports as the real wave of logical future transportation methodologies.

  • mipak

    Electric planes won’t really take off until Lithium Metal, Lithium Sulfur, or Aluminum Air batteries with 10 times the range are perfected. Which isn’t too far off after recent research of all three battery types had eureka moments recently by Rice University and other college labs in America.