Electric vehicles are fast becoming mainstream, and now electric airplanes are becoming more commonplace too. Worldwide there are more than 200 research and development projects in progress to electrify the aviation industry. So how long until we see electric airplanes taking to the skies?
Some small electric planes have already taken test flights, and there are several different versions of electric aircraft in development. But the first commercial passenger planes powered purely by electricity are not expected to take off until 2030.
Many of the current projects are urban air taxis, which are designed to carry a few passengers on short trips up to about 15 miles. Big tech giants, automotive companies and start-ups are all working on small craft that are expected to be delivering flying taxi trips in cities within the next few years.