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Electric-powered aircraft to take off as jet fuel costs rise

If the cost of jet fuel continues to rise, the race to the design of electric powered aircraft for the commercial market takes off. More than a dozen companies in the design of the ‘eco-friendly’ aircraft, but Zunum Aero in Illinois says they aim to be the first.

West-Chicago, IL – Aviation-pioneers in the development of a new way to float through the air with the help of electric-powered aircraft to battle the rising jet fuel prices.

“With a smaller plane that is more environmentally friendly – that is a good thing, right?” Mathew Haas said during a visit to the Chicago city centre of Cambridge, England.

There are a lot of people in the heart of Chicago, who love the idea of an “eco-friendly” aircraft. “I think it’s a very innovative and great idea,” businessman Boris Chumak told Fox News. “As long as the but, you know, beyond the concern about the safety, safety precautions, why not?”

Dozens of companies are designing this new form of electric powered aircraft. But ZUNUM Aero, a startup with a branch in Elgin, Illinois, hopes to be the first to fly commercial regional flights in the US

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“We have studies. We have trends. We have to monitor what electric vehicles do on the ground … all we need to do is to put it on the flight,” ZUNUM power chief technology officer Waleed Said said.

Dozens of companies are designing this new form of electric powered aircraft. But ZUNUM Aero, a startup with a branch in Elgin, Illinois, hopes to be the first to fly commercial regional flights in the US

(ZUNUM Aero)

ZUNUM the 10-to-12-passenger hybrid aircraft is designed to fly up to 1000 miles per charge. “The journey of the area from Boston to Washington DC area could be as quick as two hours, 30 minutes door-to-door in comparison to four hours, 50 minutes today,” ZUNUM representative Meaghan Shields said in a statement.

Funded by Boeing HorizonX, Jet Blue Technology Ventures, and the Washington State Clean Energy Fund, the company claims that the plane will reduce carbon dioxide emissions and noise up to 80 percent.

“They really will have zero emissions. There will not be any form of pollution, really, that comes from a battery-powered airplane, the” Flying Magazine Editor-in-chief Robert Mark said. “There is that motive that we want to clean up the environment, and again fuel is a very, very, expensive now … costs for electricity, but not as expensive as fossil fuels.”

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Shields says that customers can expect from eight cents per seat mile, or $250 per hour for the airplane. So, a flight from San Jose to the Los Angeles area could cost an average fare of $120.

Airline Weekly’s Seth Kaplan says that, for now, the technology is most applicable to business jets and airlines flying to smaller, less well-known cities.

“If this is something that can be an alternative on large aircraft the consumer advantage that is possible, the price of oil from less,” Kaplan said. “Now if jet fuel prices surge, which ends up usually means more expensive tickets for all of us.”

With any new technology, there are people who are skeptical. Jimmy Scardina, a resident of Chicago, says that he would not fly on an electric powered aircraft. He thinks that it would be suicide.

“I think that people, as things develop, they need to get more knowledge about what they do,” Scardina said. “Sometimes they can get into something, it turns out not as good as they thought and cause damage in other ways.”

The aircraft makes use of a generator that is powered by jet fuel, and two electric batteries, which are located in each wing.

(ZUNUM Aero)

Sheri Hegseth, of Alberta, Canada, says that she finds the idea of a plane with a battery for power. “I don’t really know how far electricity can you take on a plane as a car just a few hours. I don’t like crashing,” Hegseth said.

Aviation analysts argue that there is always a back-up power supply. “Nobody’s going to drain the battery completely until the engine stops turning and then say ‘ugh, I think we have a problem.’ There will always be reserves,” Mark said.

The aircraft makes use of a generator that is powered by jet fuel, and two electric batteries, which are located in each wing. “The batteries are charged before we start, and therefore the chargers required are in the airports …we can fly with batteries only or the fire of a small motor for extra power to fly the plane,” Said said.

The challenge they now try to overcome the battery weight – it is light enough for the plane to take off and powerful enough to fly for a long period of time.

“Once we get in the air, we turn the engine off, only fly with batteries and land from there,” Said said. He thinks that they have the correct data for the batteries by 2022.

“I think it’s important that we realize that we are not going to see United Airlines fly electric planes in the next few years,” Mark said. “I would say we probably have a good decade of start and stop for the bow before we are really going to find something practical for a large cabin type of plane.”

The company is currently trying to get the airplane certified by the Federal Aviation Administration. The first planned test flight will be in the summer of 2019.

Terrace Garnier is a Fox News multimedia reporter based in Columbia, South Carolina. Follow her on twitter: @TeraceGarnier

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