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Paris Air Show Debuts Electric Aircraft With A Range Of 600 Miles

By Brian Spaen

Cars are the most commonly blamed mode of transportation in terms of creating carbon dioxide emissions. It certainly deserves it as they can be up to 90 percent of the problem in urban areas, but not many are looking up at another culprit -- airplanes. That could change in the coming years after a prototype of an electric plane was revealed at the 52nd International Paris Air Show.

The average car will emit 20 pounds of carbon dioxide for every gallon it burns. Planes produce around 53 pounds of the chemical per mile they travel. However, there isn’t any regulation in the sky due to how much the world relies on flight travel. Without the possibility to limit the amount of planes, why not also make them an electric vehicle?

Eviation Aircraft is hoping to pave the way for future flights. Their first objective won’t be sending a large body of passengers like a common airliner would. Electrek reports that these initial planes, called the Alice Commuter, would fly anywhere from “six to nine passengers plus two crew on long distances.” They’ll be able to do that once certified, and that could happen as early as next year.