NASA Completes Propeller Test for Fully Electric Plane

November 20, 2020 15:53:05

With electric vehicles (“EVs”) poised to take over the roads in the next decade or two, there has been increased interest in electrifying other forms of transport. But with the EV industry still in its infancy, doing so in the near future may prove to be a challenge. Bill Gates famously claimed that electric trucks, cargo ships, and jets would “probably never” happen, but companies such as Rivian, BYD and Daimler Trucks, which are developing electric trucks, buses and vans, are proving that nothing is impossible in the EV space.

Conversely, NASA has been working on an electric plane prototype, the X-57 Maxwell, to demonstrate how electrifying air travel can reduce reliance on fossil fuel as well as carbon emissions and noise. NASA administrator Charles Bolden announced the X-57 project back in June 2016, with the first flight initially planned for 2017. However, due to continued developments on the electric plane, flight tests…


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