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eCaravan-Largest Electric Plane Ever
Fantastic page added to the history by Making a largest electric plane which only needed electricity to take off and fly . The plane soared above Grand County International Airport in Washington as crowds of people clapped and cheered.

"This first flight of the eCaravan is yet another step on the road to operating these middle-mile aircraft at a fraction of the cost, with zero emissions, from and to smaller airports," said Magnix CEO Roei Ganzarski. "These electric commercial aircraft will enable the offering of flying services of people and packages in a way previously not possible."

The plane was a modified Cessna Caravan 208B, which can take a maximum of nine passengers and the test aircraft only had a seat installed for the pilot.

The eCaravan test flight was a big success, the two companies behind it are Cessna Caravan 208Band magniX, which supplies the electric motor are chuffed with the results.

Tori Ganzarski,chief executive of magniX, pointed out that the price of flying the Cessna clocked in at a mere $6 (£4.80). Has they used conventional engine fuel, the 30 minute flight would have cost $300-400 (£240-320). 

The choice of the Caravan was intentional, according to Ganzarski; it’s a widely-used airframe for both passenger and cargo transit that is still in production and has logged more than 20 million flight hours. And the eCaravan’s first flight — which took off on time, landed on time, and retained ten percent more energy capacity than MagniX and AeroTEC expected it would — was intended to demonstrate “how mature [electric propulsion technology] is and how ready for the world it is.”

The electric plane a great relief for the fuel costs. In addition to lower fuel costs, the use of electric motors is expected to significantly reduce maintenance costs, eliminating the need for extensive engine overhauls every 3-4,000 hours of operation.

limited energy density of batteries also comes with significant drawbacks in aircraft performance. The e-Caravan — built with “2019 batteries,” according to Ganzarski — could carry four to five passengers a range of just one hundred miles.

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