London to Paris by electric plane? It's coming by 2027, startup claims

London to Paris by electric plane? It's coming by 2027, startup claims

When perfected, the built-in battery power would both diminish noise pollution produced by commercial jets as well as shorten the time planes spend waiting on the tarmac to be refuelled.

"Easyjet has had discussions with Wright Electric and is actively providing an airline operator's perspective on the development of this exciting technology", Wright Electric told the BBC.

Wright Electric wants its plane to replace the Boeing 737 (above), the most popular jet now on the market, on short-haul flights.

"Depending on how it's designed, you can have an electric plane that's substantially less loud than a fuel plane", Jeff Engler, Wright Electric's co-founder, told the BBC.

Wright Electric is backed by Y Combinator, Silicon Valley's most highly-regarded start-up incubator programme.

Despite these plans sounding far-fetched for now, especially from such a young company, Wright Electric has attracted attention from low-priced, short-haul airlines.

Wright Electric has competition, too. Of course, that goal is contingent on battery tech continuing to develop at a rapid clip.

'We want it to be as fast as possible, so airlines can keep their planes in the air as long as possible and cover their costs'.

A cleaner flight without the need for fuel makes for a massive pitch, one that could revolutionize the airline industry, but a commercial jet of this size is a huge undertaking, given the technology is still a ways off. Alumni of the scheme include companies such as AirBnB, file storage company Dropbox and HR management software firm Zenefits.

Some experts have warned that the battery technology still has a long way come.

Most mainstream electric cars typically have a range of between 100 and 150 miles before they have to be recharged.

Another drawback is the lack of infrastructure - namely the shortage of charging points. It's all relying on battery technology getting significantly better, with the plane perhaps being bumped down to hybrid status if there's not a huge leap in power cell technology in the coming years.

At the second day of Demo Day W17, this one-year-old startup presented a bold idea that can change future of passenger planes.



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