Everything you need to know about electric planes

Planes are the fastest way to get from point A to point B nowadays, it is the top of the whole transportation system. Thousands of flying machines are taking off every day, delivering people to their destination point.

However, due to their popularity, they do play not the last part in environmental damage as they produce a huge amount of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) — one of the main air pollutants on the planet. The cost of fuel for planes is also soaring. To minimize the danger from planes and get more profit, people are thinking about replacing such aircraft with electric ones creating first electric planes companies. However, is that really a good idea?

You will be able to answer this question after reading this article, in which we give acute and comprehensive information on electric planes that are going to be used more and more in the near future.

An electric plane is an aircraft powered by an electric motor. Some planes might have several of such motors to get enough power to fly.

Unlike electric cars and other ground vehicles, electricity is supplied not only by the battery, but also by other energy sources — for example, solar panels (solar cells) mounted directly on the wings.

As the planes are electric, in general, they are supposed to be cheaper to maintain and less pollute the environment.

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Text: Ilia Ponomarev, a linguist and translator from Dzerzhinsk, Nizhny Novgorod Oblast, Russia. Ivan Kuznetsov contributed to this article

Cover photo: Heart Aerospace