For those of you who have been dreaming of your very own zero-emissions electric aircraft (and you know who you are) the time has come: Yuneec International has just announced that “the world’s first commercially produced Electric Aircraft,” the E430. It will be available for purchase in 2011.
The E430 is a twin seat, single engine, LSA class aircraft designed to be simple to use and easy to fly; because of its electric motor, it has virtually zero vibration, which should make it eerily fun to fly over the 1.5 to 3 hours it gets on a single charge. Sounds great, you say, but what if the batteries run out mid-flight? Fear not! Ecofriend reports the aircraft’s 25:1 glide ration should give you plenty of time to find a nice smooth spot to land.
At $89,000, this plane definitely isn’t on the cheap side. The E430’s charging time of 3 hours though will run you as little $5, making this form of flight easier on your pocketbook. Electric commuter flights, anyone?