European carrier EasyJet says it expects to begin using an electric airplane in commercial service for flights of less than 300 miles within 10 years. It is working closely with US company Wright Electric to design such an airplane.
Twenty years since designer Michimasa Fujino first sketched the HondaJet concept in 1997, the fuel-efficient little airplane is in full production, offering a low-cost alternative to other private jets. Well, low-er, anyway, since these planes are still over $5 million, making access to one for testing or reviews … let’s call it: limited. That’s where […]
Workhorse is on a roll. After the debut of its W-15 plug-in hybrid electric pickup truck last month, it will unveil its SureFly electric helicopter at the Paris air show on June 19.
Lilium Aviation of Munich is testing an electric jet that can take off and land vertically. It can fly up to 180 miles at 180 mph. Is the future of transportation really here?
Zunum Aero in Washington is working on an electric airplane for short haul flights. It has attracted investments from Jet Blue and Boeing.
Elon Musk told Trump’s economic adviser this week that he can bore tunnels underground all the way across the United States if need be. He appears to be anxious to help Uncle Sam spend taxpayer dollars.
Wright Electric is a start up company working on an electric passenger plan that can fly 150 people up to 300 miles. The plane is ready. All it needs is lighter, more powerful batteries to make it happen.
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Toyota continues to develop new technologies to raise fuel economy and lower emissions with a new generation of engines, torque converters, and multi-speed transmissions for front and rear wheel drive cars.
SolarStratos, a new company based in Switzerland, has built a solar power airplane it claims will let people explore the edge of space while leaving a tiny carbon footprint behind. Cost of spending 15 minutes 15 miles above the earth? $10,000,000. Get your American Express card out!
On November 14, Alaska Airlines flew a Boeing 737-800 airliner from Seattle to Washington, DC using jet fuel that contained 20% biofuel made from forest residuals — the limbs and branches that remain after the harvesting of managed forests. The conversion process is the result of research conducted at Washington State University as part of the Northwest […]
Serial entrepreneur Martine Rothblatt has linked up with Tier 1 Engineering to create the world’s first full size electric helicopters. She says she was inspired by Elon Musk and Tesla Motors. She owns 7 Teslas herself.
Luke Workman, a prolific and innovative inventor, says that using the skin of an airplane as part of a battery may be the key to making an electric airplane that can transport people and cargo over long distances and at high speeds.
Tom Moloughney is a big fan of the BMW i3. He says his has driven more than 56,000 miles on less than 50 gallons of gas, thanks to its onboard range extender engine.
Pratt & Whitney has developed a new jet engine that reduces fuel consumption and emissions by 16%. Each airplane equipped with the new engines would save 3,600 metric tons of carbon dioxide a year from getting into the atmosphere.
Solar Impulse 2 completed its journey from Seville to Cairo today in 50 hours and 50 minutes. Only one leg remains before the solar powered airplane completes its round the world journey while not using one drop of fossil fuel.
Siemens, Germany’s giant electronics company, has developed an innovative electric motor suitable for powering electric airplanes. The motor has 350 horsepower on tap but weighs a mere 120 pounds. That’s about 5 times as much power as most similar size motors. Siemens has installed the motor in an Extra 330LE aerobatic airplane. It used the plane for a […]
Solar Impulse 2 left JFK at 2:30 am this morning headed across the Atlantic to Spain. It is the next to last leg of its round the world journey.
The NASA experimental electric airplane uses 14 electric motors to increase lift and allow cruising speeds up to 175 mph.