A few years back nobody would have ever thought electric vehicles would be in mass production. Yet alone changed the auto industry. Today, most car manufacturers are thinking about all-electric vehicles. Volvo is have been saying that they may ditch diesel cars altogether and switched to hybrid and electric cars. What was once a pipe dream and impractical is now a reality in the auto industry. But now, in the latter part of 2021, the electric revolution is taking to the skies.
We will take a look at the state of the art of fixing electric aircraft. Earlier this year, the German firm Simmons just demonstrated a powerful electric aircraft that break two old records. The first was a speed record. It was the fastest electric aircraft flying at a straight-line speed of 340 kilometres. Now it also breaks a climbing record, rising from the ground to three kilometres in just over four minutes. It was also the first electric aircraft to air to the aircraft. An extra 330 Le was able to do this. Thanks to a new generation of electric Motors from Simmons. Weighing just 50 kilograms, the motor can produce 260 kilowatts, about five times the power of comparable aircraft engines, or about as much output as the original Tesla Model Simons plans to use this aircraft as a testbed for developing more in the future.
Another company, Pipe straw from Slovenia, is getting ready to ship their fully electric light aircraft, the Alpha Electro. The Alpha Electro will be used for flight training purposes and takes 45 minutes to fully charge the aircraft cuts overall costs of flight training by 70% from fuel savings, and the learning process is exactly the same as its petrol counterparts. Interestingly, every tenth of a second, the system on the aircraft checks the batteries, monitoring their voltage and looking out for any faults. It can electronically disconnect parts of the battery. If the system predicts a fault, upon landing, the propeller turns into a generator, recharging about 5% of the battery.
Yet another company, Aero Electric, is launching another all-electric plane called the Sun Flyer. It has the same idea of reducing the cost of flight training. This is really a history-making event. Aero Electric Aircraft Corporation has just unveiled a prototype of its new all-electric Sun Flyer plane, which could open up the skies to many more pilots by using electricity. They claim that the price goes down from 45 dollars per flight hour down to one dollar per flight hour. A real quantum leap. I think this use case makes the most sense for all-electric air travel, small planes, one to 2 passengers and short trips from 30 minutes to 15. It would be good for scenic aerial tours, short charter flights or pilot training. So what are the advantages and disadvantages of electric propulsion? The advantages are as follows, It’s quieter, mechanically, more efficient, and doesn’t have any direct emissions. The disadvantages are the battery. The bottleneck really is with the battery. Energy density is just not good enough yet for long-distance flight. In addition to this, with traditional aircraft, the more fuel you burn, the more light the craft gets. But with electric aircraft, the batteries are essentially dead weight. But this is where hybrid systems come into play.
Hybrid planes seem to be the sweet spot for air trouble. They can be used for medium distances flying for about two to 4 hours. Airbus is working on a hybrid plane to go into production by 2030. This comes after successfully testing their own fully electric aircraft, dubbed the Efan, a project that ran from 2014 to last month. During its testing, the Efan was claimed to be the first electric plane to cross the English Channel. With help from Simmons. Both Pipe Straw and Airbus are in the works of creating hybrid Motors, but the hybrid motor from Pippa Straw is already in testing phases and makes about 200 kilowatts sewing. Conclusion Electric aircraft have been in the experimental stages for many decades, but were woefully underpowered and largely had the same issues as electric cars before Tesla got the ball rolling. Now, practical electric aircraft is right around the corner.
In the next year or two, they’ll be fully in service, but only for short-range, low passenger volume situations. But it seems like hybrids aren’t far off. And this could open the door to lower mission midrange flights with the benefits of both an electric motor and traditional power.
There is a lot of time still in witnessing the Indian Electric car. May be electric car of Mahindra will be the first electric car India.
What will be the price of the Mahindra Electric Car?
Mahindra e2o PLUS price starts at ₹ 7.48 Lakh and goes up to ₹ 11.49 Lakh. The price of the Electric variant for e2o PLUS ranges between ₹ 7.48 Lakh – ₹ 11.49 Lakh.
|Price||₹ 7.48 Lakh onwards|
|Seating Capacity||4 Seater|