EasyJet to fly all-electric commercial passenger planes
17 October 2017
EasyJet is collaborating with US company Wright Electric to support its goal for short haul flights to be operated by all-electric planes within 10 years.
The battery in the two seater plane weighs approximately 600lbs, however when scaled up Wright Electric will utilise new energy storage chemistries that are substantially lighter than today’s commercial batteries.
Wright Electric already has a two seater plane which is able to demonstrate how the technology works. The next step is to scale this technology up to a ten seater aircraft and eventually to a single aisle short haul commercial plane.
Wright Electric has set itself the challenge of building an all-electric commercial passenger jet capable of flying passengers across easyJet’s UK and European network within a decade.
The target range is 330 miles which would enable it to operate popular routes such as:
• London to Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, Cologne, Glasgow and Edinburgh
• Geneva to Paris, Nice, Pisa, Toulouse, Venice and Brussels
Jeffrey Engler, CEO and founder of Wright Electric, commented: "Working with easyJet to develop the next generation of air travel is a powerful validation of our technology approach and their insights have been invaluable as we look to commercialise our electric aircraft for the large and growing short-haul flight markets.
“easyJet’s impressive team has provided deep insights to our engineers about the critical aspects required to run a successful airline, from maintenance to revenue management, and we look forward to working with them in the years ahead."
EasyJet also outlined a strategy to progressively decarbonise and reduce noise from aviation operations. Since 2000, easyJet’s emissions have reduced by over 31 percent from 116.2 to 79.98 grams per passenger kilometre in 2016. easyJet has a carbon emissions target of 72 grams by 2022, which would be a 10 percent reduction from today’s performance and a 38 percent improvement from 2000.