In the historical development, the world’s largest all-electric aircraft completed its first test flight. This move may be a watershed moment for the aviation industry and will lead to an era of low-cost, pollution-free air travel. Magnix, a Seattle-based electric motor manufacturer, partnered with local airline Harbor Air to retrofit the Cessna Grand Caravan 208 with a 750-horsepower zero-emission motor. The plane’s first test flight took place over Moses Lake in Washington on Thursday. It is worth noting that the 37-foot caravan is one of the most popular mid-range commuter airlines in the world and can carry up to 9 passengers.
According to a report on the online portal TechXplore, a 30-minute flight powered by an electric engine hardly makes any noise, which is completely opposite to the test flight of a fuel-powered engine that makes a lot of noise. Magnix CEO Roei Ganzarski called it a historic moment. This is only the first step towards a long approval and improvement process, which will enable a new generation of green engines to power large civil airliners.
He also said: “These electric commercial aircraft will be able to provide flight services for people and packages in an unprecedented way. This is a niche market. But we can start now, embark on research and promote the overall development of the industry.”
The company is expected to be certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) by 2021. Interestingly, this aircraft can only be allowed to board passengers after obtaining regulatory approval. However, the use of low-cost, pollution-free engines has some disadvantages. The maximum range of a flight is reduced from 1200 miles to approximately 100 miles.
Gansalsky also added: “The challenge is that batteries are not as powerful as fuel. We chose lithium ion because, at this stage, it is the most mature technology or chemical method to provide the energy and safety needed for aircraft flight. . “
It is worth noting that, like Magnix, other airlines such as Lilium, Embraer, Ampaire and Pipistrel have also dabbled in fully electric aircraft to reduce emissions.