Batteries have been packing more power into smaller spaces for about 30 years, and continuing improvements could help electric planes become a more feasible option for flying. But they’re not there yet, and ultimately, the future of electric planes may depend on the future of progress in battery technology.
Casey CrownhartStartups are exploring how electric planes could clean up air travel, which accounts for about 3% of worldwide greenhouse-gas emissions. The problem is that today’s electric aircraft could safely carry you and about a dozen fellow passengers only around 30 miles, according to a recent analysis. The limiting factor is the battery, in particular the amount of energy that can be stored in a small space. If you’ve folded your legs
- FONT SIZE
Uh-oh! This is an exclusive story available for selected readers only.
Worry not. You’re just a step away.
Login to read the full story.
Unlock your 30 days free access
to ETPrime now.
Login to Unlock
*No card details required
Exclusive Economic Times Stories, Editorials & Expert opinion across 20+ sectors
Stock analysis. Market Research. Industry Trends on 4000+ Stocks
Clean experience with
Comment & Engage with ET Prime community
Exclusive invites to Virtual Events with Industry Leaders
A trusted team of Journalists & Analysts who can best filter signal from noise