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Comment - Energy and Climate Change

Low carbon flights? by David Flint

Airbus has demonstrated an electric plane. The E-Fan is a two-seater light plane with a max speed of 185 mph and an endurance of one hour. The plane, powered by two 130 kg batteries, will be available commercially from 2017.

Now no-one will be taking an E-fan to the Costa Del Sol just yet but Airbus plans an 80-seater hybrid plane - a flying Prius. It's coy about dates though.

Air travel is not going to vanish though it must decrease but maybe hybrid planes - if they work - can help reduce its environmental impact.

Or is this just an unusually elaborate piece of greenwash?

First published in the EGP members newsletter, July 2014

Published and promoted by Bill Linton for Enfield Green Party, both at 39A Fox Lane, London N13 4AJ