Wright Electric Airplanes is the new start-up company everyone in the aviation industry should be setting their eyes on at the moment:
The electric plane which is still set to go into production, finds itself still in the early developmental stages with claims that it will carry up to 150 passengers and fly up to 300 miles at a time.
The controversial move is currently being questioned by oil companies and its big money investors as reducing the need for jet-propeller fuels will significantly reduce the price of oil as well as the overall cost of airplane travelling.
The aircraft which will be dubbed “Wright One” is facing a number of challenges which its representatives say need to be tackled if the planes are ever going to be made. For help, they have enlisted American inventor Chip Yates, who currently boasts the world record for the fastest electric aircraft and his own creation the “Long-ESA”.
Other industry experts have also revealed their concerns for Wright Electric’s ambitious plan, with Graham Warwick from Aviation Weekly being the late one to question their claims. The expert aviation editor suggested that such technologies may be a long way from being conceived and he believes the company may need more time to bring the vision to reality.
“The way we’ve designed our plane is to have modular battery packs for quick swap using the same cargo container that’s in a regular airplane […] 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.” said the company’s co-founder Jeff Engler in defiance.
There’s other companies who are looking to innovate within the sector, who will no doubt be re-strategising and look to grab a share of the electric aviation future market and if aviation is your thing, keep up to date with Wright Electric’s latest developments here.