The world's first electric plane just completed a successful test flight in Canada
It was a big day for Richmond airline, Harbour Air Seaplanes, as they successfully test the world's first all-electric commercial aircraft.
The ePlane is retrofitted with a 750 horsepower all-electric magni500 propulsion system, and took off from the Harbour Air Seaplane terminal in Richmond, B.C earlier today.
Today, we made history. Launching the world’s first electric commercial aircraft retrofitted with a 750 horsepower all-electric magni500 propulsion system. Thank you to our amazing maintenance team and our partners at @MagniX for all your efforts! Together, we did it! 👏 #ePlane pic.twitter.com/Rhw35BRnqB— Harbour Air Seaplanes (@HarbourAirLtd) December 10, 2019
Harbour Air announced back in March that it had partnered with engineering firm MagniX in Washington state with the goal of becoming the world's first all-electric airline.
The world’s first #ePlane - a true sight to see! ✨We’re still buzzing from the success of this morning. Thank you to everyone who tuned in and came down to our terminal to witness history! pic.twitter.com/KGO7xQ4hir— Harbour Air Seaplanes (@HarbourAirLtd) December 10, 2019
“We are once again pushing the boundaries of aviation by becoming the first commercial aircraft to be powered by electric propulsion. We are excited to bring commercial electric aviation to the Pacific Northwest, turning our seaplanes into ePlanes,”said Harbour Air CEO Greg McDougall in a press release.
People gathered to watch the test flight in Richmond, which was moved up from Wednesday to avoid a change in the weather in the Vancouver area.
The world’s first electric seaplane! https://t.co/YBOIAQJIKP— Harbour Air Seaplanes (@HarbourAirLtd) December 10, 2019
The e-plane has potential to make big waves in the aviation industry, which contributes 12 per cent of all U.S. carbon emissions and 4.9 percent globally, all while providing few low-cost, fuel-efficient options for passenger flights under 1,000 miles.
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