Norway wants to fly exclusively electric by 2040
Updated: Jan 29, 2020
This was a statement released by Avinor, the Norwegian national airport operator, says The Local.
Dag Falk-Petersen, CEO of Avinor, stated to AFP: "We believe that every flight with a flight time under 1,5 hours should be done flying electric." This would mean that both national flights as well as flights to the neighbouring countries could be performed by an electric plane by 2040.
Avinor's first step is to request a tender to fly a commercial route with a small electric plane. (19 seats). This pilot project should start in 2025. "Once we have received our goal, aviation will no longer pose a problem for the climate, it will become a solution", states Falk-Petersen.
The impact of the aviation industry on the environment is big and is only getting bigger. Environmentally friendly solution, like electric planes, are more than welcome.
In the meantime, a lot of work is being done building the technology for electric planes. Several companies are working on this kind of technology, such as Airbus, Siemens, Nasa, Rolls Royce, and the founder of Solar Impulse.
Also the Americam start-up Zunum Aero is developing an electric plane and recently received investments from Boeing and JetBlue.
Norway is the absolute forerunner when it comes to electric transport. The market share of electric car currently stands ar 52%. There will also be a ban of traditional diesel and petrol cars that should take effect in 2025.
Source: original article by duurzaambedrijfleven.nl translated by Lisette https://www.duurzaambedrijfsleven.nl/mobiliteit/26847/noorwegen-wil-in-2040-enkel-nog-elektrische-vliegen?utm_source=nieuwsbrief&utm_medium=e-mail&utm_campaign=Daily%20Focus%2022%20Januari&usertoken=1488814142bm71pjoQeL1yhIHTHw1xKasAVR4DFLdi1S5MPIsuBJhMPTeadMyEGYRixRTmYGPN
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