The British airline wants to provide flights powered by electricity instead of fuel, which would radically reshape the cost of flying

British airline EasyJet has partnered with American company Wright Electric with hopes of putting electric planes into the sky in the near future. While long distance flights may not yet be achievable, EasyJet hopes to use electric airplanes for shorter flights within the next ten years.

The benefits of electric air travel are manifold; lower emissions, lower costs and less noise from the planes aim to not only benefit the airline industry but everybody else as well. The current goal of Wright Electric is to have zero emissions on short distance flights, like New York to Boston or Paris to London, within the next twenty years. The financial benefits should also really interest consumers; according to Wendover Productions, electric air travel would be able to reduce the cost of short-range flights to a point where they are competitive with train and bus travel.

Wright Electric has already successfully built a prototype with just two seats and aims to create planes that can carry over 100 passengers.

EasyJet Wright Electric

 

British airline EasyJet has partnered with American company Wright Electric with hopes of putting electric planes into the sky in the near future. While long distance flights may not yet be achievable, EasyJet hopes to use electric airplanes for shorter flights within the next ten years.

The benefits of electric air travel are manifold; lower emissions, lower costs and less noise from the planes aim to not only benefit the airline industry but everybody else as well. The current goal of Wright Electric is to have zero emissions on short distance flights, like New York to Boston or Paris to London, within the next twenty years. The financial benefits should also really interest consumers; according to Wendover Productions, electric air travel would be able to reduce the cost of short-range flights to a point where they are competitive with train and bus travel.