Boeing is, along with Airbus, the largest aircraft manufacturer in the world. Its entry into any aeronautical project is practically a guarantee, so we must congratulate ourselves because there is already official confirmation: the first Boeing- backed electric aircraft will start flying in 2022.
It will not be manufactured by the company itself, but by a subsidiary in which it participates together with other companies. Its plan is to provide technological support so that Zunum Aero , the firm in question, may have a small fleet of electric aircraft from five years to now, a fairly optimistic forecast.
More than electric planes, they will be flying buses, if I may be licensed. Its reduced capacity, of only a dozen people, will make the routes are quite expensive, at least in the beginning. In addition to electrical technology, it will also incorporate traditional combustion engines for safety reasons.
According to the Daily Mail , the intention is to shorten travel of less than 1,600 km, landing at small airfields rather than at major airports. Basically it would be an express service for business trips, meetings and luxury tourism, at least until Boeing and other companies get cheaper enough.
It is not the first project to create electric planes , and in fact some tests have already been done. We talk about passenger aircraft, for example some have managed to go around the world with only solar energy.
Airplanes are among the most polluting vehicles, so taking into account that there are many thousands of flights that cross the skies of the planet every day, finding a way to propel them with clean and renewable energy has become a priority. For now the electric vehicles seem the most viable exit, although its ecological footprint depends very much on the origin of the energy.